The snowpack was just starting to adjust to the ‘mini-snowpocalypse’ over the weekend and now we are back into an active loading scenario. Overnight we received over a foot of snow and sustained strong winds in the Alpine. Sunburst recorded a peak gust of 105 at 2 am. There is a lot of snow available for transport and snow is forecasted to fall thoughout the day. The NWS service used the phrase heavy at times to describe snowfall rates. Deep wind and storm slabs and large cornices may release naturally as the storm continues today. These will no doubt be very sensitive to human triggers. Visibility will be limited; strong winds will continue and rain is forecasted to fall on the fresh snow in the mid-elevation band up to approximately 1800′.
Today we are again saying travel in or under avalanche terrain is not recommended. Please be patient.
As the temperature rises and with it the rain/snow line, rain will be falling on new snow. There is the potential for wet loose avalanches in steep terrain in the mid-elevation band. We may see wet slab activity as well due to the stiff crust under this last shot of snow. Wet avalanches are yet another reason to avoid travel in or under avalanche terrain today.
Underneath all the new snow glides are still lurking and have the potential to release at any time. Glides threaten a lot of well-travelled terrain on both the motorized and non-motorized side of the highway. Still looking for a reason to avoid avalanche terrain and runout zones today??? Here is one more avalanche dragon to steer clear of.
Yesterday was cloudy and visibility was limited. Snow fell throughout the day with over a foot of accumulation overnight. Winds ramped up in the evening blowing in 50-60 mph with a peak gust of 105. Temperatures were in the 20Fs. Rain/snowline was around 300′.
Today will be mostly cloudy and snow and rain are forecasted to be heavy at times with another inch of moisture expected today and another 1.5 inches tonight. These means a total of 15-30 inches of snow at higher elevations is possible. Winds will be Easterly, 25-50 mph and temperatures will be in the mid to high 30Fs. Rain/snow line is expected to rise to 1800′.
There may be a minor lull in this active weather during the day Thursday with some lingering showers. Another system is forecasted to move in Thursday evening or Friday morning.
|Temp Avg (F)||Snow (in)||Water (in)||Snow Depth (in)|
|Center Ridge (1880′)||30||14||1.5||134|
|Summit Lake (1400′)||32||4||.4||45|
|Alyeska Mid (1700′)||31||9||1||105|
|Temp Avg (F)||Wind Dir||Wind Avg (mph)||Wind Gust (mph)|
|Seattle Ridge (2400′)||25||n/a||n/a||n/a|
|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.