The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area is CLOSED for the season. Thank you for all the support & we will see you next winter.
Swirling winds yesterday has transported any loose dry snow to Wind Slabs. These Wind Slabs can be found near & above treeline on all aspects. A wide range of variability exists as to the sensitivity & thickness of these Slabs due to inconsistent wind direction & the fetch. Where these Slabs tapper in thickness you could find more ability to initiate fractures. Include Cornices in your hazard evaluation.
Surface Wind Slabs are the primary concern as transported snow finds its place on the mountains. All aspects near & above treeline could have the potential for smaller sized avalanches due to this instability. The sub-surface structure of the snowpack is firmly in place & you can find areas as deep as 400cm!
~Around the Deadman Crk area snow was observed in banners coming off ridgelines & settling near treeline. Thick areas of deposition can be found on N-E aspects as Wind Slabs.
~Natural Cornice Fall avalanches, small in size, were running in the Leavitt Cirque. Stability has increased since the recent snowfall.
|0600 temperature:||8 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||39 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:||Strong mph|
|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||0 inches|
|Total snow depth:||105 inches|
A cold start to the day with temperatures around 10 degrees below normal. Winds above treeline are still gusting to near 60 mph but shall decrease throughout today. Our region will get the first real taste of spring as skies clear & temperatures warm to near average. The BWRA will be under high pressure for the rest of the week & into the next, with no chance for precipitation. Winds should be light with an occasional moderate gust above treeline.
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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