The Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area is CLOSED for the season. Thank you for all the support & we will see you next winter.
High pressure has us under warm sunny skies & temperatures above normal. Melting & the loosening of snow grains will become more rapid today with the possibility of larger sized Loose Wet avalanches. An overnight temperature inversion could allow more creeping of snow in the near & above treeline areas, especially if they gain prolonged sun exposure.
Yesterday a solid overnight refreeze allowed for perfect spring corn conditions well into the afternoon hours. Around 2" of new snow fell on Tuesday most of which was supercooled vapor in the form of rime. The new snow was cast to N-E Lee aspects in shallow unreactive wind slabs. The sun cooked out any loose dry snow available for transport. With hot temperatures today expect melting rates to increase. Small Loose Wet avalanches could grow bigger with ample melting. If your track digs deep into the Loose Wet snow grains that is a good indicator that steeper slopes could be unstable.
|0600 temperature:||30 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||51 deg. F.|
|Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:||Southwest|
|Average wind speed during the last 24 hours:||Light mph|
|Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours:||Moderate mph|
|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||0 inches|
|Total snow depth:||87 inches|
Warmth & sunshine through tomorrow, with temperatures above normal. Winds this morning should decrease as we gain temperatures into the mid 50's for the higher elevations. Friday evening unstable air moves in with increasing clouds & very spotty precipitation. A low chance for isolated thunderstorms & even virga are possible with convective storm cells. A mild temperature inversion occurred overnight with Leavitt Snotel around 5F degrees warmer than Sonora.
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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