The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area is CLOSED for the season. Thank you for all the support & we will see you next winter.
A rumor of winds reaching over 170 mph with the recent storm were spoken of. Low density snow is easily transported to places where thick deposits already exist, creating potentially deep failures. Expect firm Wind Slabs near & above treeline with a high likelihood of reacting when disturbed. Large Avalanches are probable today.
The Storm Slab will keep increasing with more snow today. The Storm Slab scenario could be over 4' in some wind protected areas & gaining in density. Where you travel today, account for the depth of the Slabs & the consequences associated with avalanches that could occur around you.
Consistent winds have formed large & fickle Cornices which are highly reactive. Near & Below Treeline exist Cornices with sharp edges & thin to thick wind features. Whether above or below you Cornices can release without warning & entrain too much snow for survival in the event.
Rain Tuesday into Wednesday had effected the snow with rapid intensity, washing away snowpack in areas below 8000'. Although when the temps fell below 0C low density snow began to collect with astonoshing depth. Yesterday around 8500' over 45" of new snow was light & able to be blown around easily. Major drifting & Cornice formation was observed, with one large Slab Avalanche able to be seen. Storm Slabs will gain density today & may exhibit the ability to fracture when ridden over. Wind Slabs will be firm in some areas & could show signs of instability & remote trigger potentials. Beneath the blower powder is a moist & gooey subsurface with capillary action diffusing water into the snowpack.
|0600 temperature:||16 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||21 deg. F.|
|Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:||Southwest|
|Average wind speed during the last 24 hours:||Moderate mph|
|Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours:||Gale mph|
|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||8 inches|
|Total snow depth:||109 inches|
Today the snowfall will continue with mostly cloudy skies. Colder than average temperatures will persist as we grab another storm today of shorter duration & lower intensity. Blowing snow & strong wind gusts could create low visibility issues. Stacking storms are on tap for the week with a lull on Tuesday. Looks like rain is off the menu for now with diminishing winds.
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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