Another solid refreeze overnight and increased clouds today may reduce widespread loose wet instabilities today. You could still trigger small loose wet avalanches on isolated steep southerly slopes. Pay attention to the snow becoming wet, then look for balls of snow rolling downhill and growing in size and occurring more frequently. They tend to happen more near exposed rocks that absorb heat from the sun and help warm the snow faster. Remember to use safe travel practices and carefully evaluate snow and terrain to identify isolated instabilities.
A small storm this evening will bring us a dusting to a couple inches of snow. Sunny skies, warm temperatures, and light winds will cause the fresh snow to heat up quickly tomorrow. If we get more than a dusting, expect small loose wet avalanches in the new snow on E-S-W aspects. These could be more hazardous if the storm overproduces. Look out for signs of instability like rollerballs and remember that even a small avalanche can be consequential in extreme terrain.
This evening’s storm produces some uncertainty in the 48 hour forecast. If we get just a dusting of snow, avalanche conditions won’t change significantly. If we get an inch or two, you could find small loose wet avalanches in tomorrow’s sunshine and potentially isolated small wind slabs on N-E aspects in the alpine. If the storm overproduces and drops several inches, expect increased hazard. Loose wet avalanches will be larger and more hazardous, and wind slabs will be larger and more likely as well. Wind slabs could even form by late this afternoon. Be sure to evaluate the amount of new snow and identify potential instabilities. Signs will include rollerballs for loose wet avalanches and cracking in the new snow for wind slabs.
With less solar heating forecasted today, continue to be aware of widespread variable hard/slick conditions in the backcountry. Long sliding falls remain possible in steep terrain on both southerly sun crusts and northerly wind boards. Choose terrain wisely to fit with the conditions.
|0600 temperature:||25 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||41 deg. F.|
|Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:||SE|
|Average wind speed during the last 24 hours:||5-15 mph|
|Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours:||29 mph|
|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||0 inches|
|Total snow depth:||88 inches|
A small storm will pass by to our south this evening. Expect a mostly cloudy day today with light snow showers starting this afternoon accumulating up to a couple of inches through the evening. The sun will come out again tomorrow and well above average temperatures are forecasted for tomorrow and Friday. Another small storm is forecasted for Friday night and there is growing potential for snowier weather next week.
This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas in the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area. Click here for a map of the area. This snowpack summary describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This snowpack summary expires in 48 hours unless otherwise noted. The information in this snowpack summary is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.
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