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Observation: Turnagain

Location: Turnagain Pass Road Obs

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Route & General Observations

Drove through Turnagain Pass to see if there’s been any new natural activity over the last two days with warm temps and rainy/overcast conditions. A few new natural wet loose slides were seen on Magnum’s West face. These all occurred below rock/cliff features in a very thin part of the snowpack. There were three glide releases in Lynx Creek, but all looked older, happened within the last week. There were some small wet loose activity on all aspects including North, but pretty small and similar to what was observed on Monday.

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

Wet loose avalanches on W face of Magnum were the most notable activity in the last 24-48 hours.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Weather

Partly cloudy with scattered rain showers
Temps at road level ~50F
Temps in the alpine reached a high 40F on Sunburst, Low of 27F from last night's refreeze
Winds were calm

Snow surface

Wet snow and unsupportable to boots along roadside between 2 and 3pm.

Spoke with a person who skied Sunburst who confirmed a supportable crust formed overnight with partly clear skies. He also reported corn snow at 2:30pm on South aspects and a hard supportable crust on Northern slopes in the alpine elevations. Lower elevations were still wet and mushy.

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