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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Road Obs

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Route & General Observations

Drove through Turnagain Pass between 12:00 – 2:00pm looking for recent activity with the past three days of stormy weather. The 1-2′ of storm snow fell on a layer of surface hoar, buried on MLK Jr. Day (1/21). Found evidence of natural avalanches on the Southern end of Seattle Ridge (debris and filled in crowns).

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Four to five D1-D2 small slab avalanches on the Southern end of Seattle Ridge, most witnessed crowns were within gully features, or beneath previous wind features - not along ridge crest.

No obvious activity on the non-motorized side with the limited visibility.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Mid/Upper 20s
Broken Sky (BKN)
Very light Mixed Rain/Snow (RS)
Light Winds

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