We were able to eek out a few solid days of blue-sky powder skiing (on northerly aspects) before the grey-bird conditions set in yesterday bringing with it moderate winds from the SE. Winds yesterday began to build shallow wind slabs in the upper elevations where about 6” of loose, unconsolidated snow was available for transport on north aspects.
Loose, unconsolidated snow on a north aspect yesterday will feed building wind slabs today.
SE winds in the 40-55 mph range and 1-5” of new snow forecasted for today will conspire to manufacture tender wind slabs across the advisory area. Expect bonding to be a mixed bag from ‘stuck-on-like-glue’ to ‘hair-trigger’ given the huge variety of surface conditions that this storm is coming in on. Any moving snow today should be fairly shallow, relegated to the upper-most layer of new wind deposited snow and likely less of a concern for snowmachiners. For skiers, quick hand pits and test slopes today should aid in your decision-making process before committing to any big terrain.
A bit of fresh snow and substantial wind transport will conspire to push looming cornices ever closer to failure. Without ever really knowing when a cornice may fail it still holds true to simply avoid exposure to these ticking snow-bombs. This observation (and photo) sent in last spring serves as a good reminder that spring in the Chugach is cornice season!
Moderate winds and clouds yesterday dominated the weather across the forecast area with little to no precipitation during the daylight hours.
Grey skies and warmer air will persist as moderate SE winds ramp up throughout the day. We should see scattered and light precipitation in the form of light rain at sea level and 1-5 € of new snow above 1100′. Temps at 1000′ will be in the range of 31-40 degrees today. Freezing levels drop to around 700′ at night as moisture tapers off.
|05/06/20||Turnagain||Avalanche: Pastoral Peak, north face||Andy Duenow|
|04/10/20||Turnagain||Avalanche: Wolverine||Mike Records|
|04/10/20||Turnagain||Observation: Eddies lookers right shoulder||Matt Yoder|
|04/09/20||Turnagain||Observation: Bench Peak||Mike Records|
|04/04/20||Turnagain||Observation: Pete’s North||Anonymous|
|03/26/20||Turnagain||Avalanche: Tincan – Proper (SW facing)||CNFAIC Staff|
|03/26/20||Turnagain||Avalanche: Seattle Ridge||W Wagner Forecaster|
|03/25/20||Turnagain||Avalanche: Sunburst Uptrack @ 2000′||J. Boisvert|
|03/24/20||Turnagain||Observation: Turnagain – Road Observations||W Wagner Forecaster|
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This is a general backcountry avalanche advisory issued for Turnagain Arm with Turnagain Pass as the core advisory area. This advisory does not apply to highways, railroads or operating ski areas.