Avalanche: Turnagain

Location: Road Observations - Turnagain Pass

Route & General Observations

A drive through Turnagain Pass today marked the last official ‘field-day’ of the season. There is still plenty of snow out there (8-12 feet up high) but it is melting out fast at the road and below 1,500′.

Avalanche Details
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Trigger NaturalRemote Trigger0
Avalanche Type UnknownAspect Unknown
ElevationunknownSlope Angleunknown
Crown DepthunknownWidthunknown
Vertical Rununknown  
Avalanche Details

One new glide avalanche on Pete's North (photo below). It is hard to tell if there are others with so many littering the slopes...

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

Shallow wet sluffs from were seen above 2,000'. These looked to only compose the 2-8" of new wet snow from the past few days (was raining below this).

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly cloudy skies with intermittent rain showers. Snow line was likely around 2,000'. Around 40F at 1,000' with a light Northerly breeze.

Snow surface

The surface 'looked' wet and not frozen, tough to tell, but I'm guessing with the warm temps and cloud cover the pack is quite wet and unsupportable up to 2,500'. Looks to be anywhere from 2-8" of new wet snow from the past 3 days of instability showers - likely 1-2' in the upper Alpine ~4-5000'.

Photos & Video
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