Monday April 1, 2019

Wednesday April 3, 2019
Tuesday April 2, 2019
Monday April 1, 2019
Confidence: High - Field observations and agreeing weather models.

Main Concerns

Loose Wet - view Avalanche Problems for detailed information.

Travel & Terrain Advice

Avoid steep south aspect slopes during daytime peak warming periods. Expect that direct sunshine will immediately effect and unconsolidated the upper snow pack, Avoid sun exposed slopes when the solar radiation is strong, especially when the snow is moist or wet.

Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches observed or reported during the past forecast period.

Avalanche Problems

Loose Wet

Found on south aspects and at all elevations. Loose wet avalanche problems will present during the height of daytime warming and during periods of direct solar effect. Expect that during warm and sunny periods loose wet avalanches will be present on steep terrain and will be touchy to light triggers. When triggered these avalanches may start small but may have the strength and weight to push a mountain traveler into terrain traps such as cliffs, gullies and trees.

Snowpack Summary

A period of settlement and continued snow pack strengthening has occurred, daytime warming and overnight cooling is turning the upper snow pack moist and wet in the daytime and becoming a very hard and supportive melt freeze crust during the overnight period. The mid and lower snow pack is well settled and dense.

Snowpack Details

SurfaceMoist surface conditions becoming a melt freeze crust during over night cooling.
MidMelt freeze crust and facets buried down between 50 and 70 cm.
LowerWell settled.

Past Weather

Periods of warm weather and high freezing levels, followed by cool night and lowering freezing levels.

Weather Forecast

A ridge of high pressure continues to dominate the region bringing to the area daytime sun and high freezing levels with possible afternoon showers and light winds. Beginning Wednesday, a low pressure from the south west will enter the region bringing to the forecast area, slightly lower freezing levels light to moderate south west wind and precipitation amounts between 10 and 15 mm. Expect above 1500 meters precipitation will be in the form of snow, below rain.

Monday trace amounts of precipitation , Winds light from the North east, Freezing levels 1900 meters.

Tuesday trace amounts of precipitation , Winds Light from the North west, Freezing levels 2000 meters.

Wednesday 10 to 15 mm , Winds light from the South east, Freezing levels 1700 meters.

Posted on Monday April 1, 2019 by Jesse Percival

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