Observation: Turnagain

Location: Turnagain Pass - road observations

Route & General Observations

A drive through Turnagain Pass today proved what the weather stations have been reporting the last couple days. Heavy rain and strong wind at sea level – but heavy snow and strong wind above 2,500′. There has been over 2+” of water equivalent during this time which equates to 2+’ of snow above 2,500′, possibly over 3′ at elevations above 3,500′.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Numerous loose snow avalanches at the higher elevations from the heavy snowfall on Nov 9 and 10.

Also, one glide avalanche (D2) - yes, the glides are back...., on the South face of Sunburst under the cornice lines. Glide cracks are beginning to appear along Sunburst Ridge and other areas.

See photos and captions below.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mostly cloudy skies with some patches of blue here and there. Calm winds along Pass and no precipitation.

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