Friday April 12, 2019

Sunday April 14, 2019
Saturday April 13, 2019
Friday April 12, 2019
Confidence: High - Weather models in agreement, good field data but the type of precip you get will depend on what elevation you are at (rain/mixed/snow)

Main Concerns

Loose Wet, Wind Slab - view Avalanche Problems for detailed information.

Travel & Terrain Advice

Avoid exposure to all large steep slopes in the treeline and below, during daytime warming (no solar faces when the suns out or temps rise above freezing) or when/if rain saturates the upper snow pack on big terrain.

Stay way from and give terrain traps a wide berth during warm and or rainy times (cornices, gullies, cliffs, depressions, creeks, bands of trees…).

Keep off wind loaded N to NE avalanche terrain in the alpine and treeline elevation bands during and after the storm (Saturday into Sunday). Give the winds slabs, that will form, a bit of time to bond and settle to the old snow and crust that they will form on.

Avalanche Summary

Numerous small loose wet avalanches were reported off steep rocky solar exposed cliff faces at all elevations over the past three days, as one would expect as warm spring temps are now reaching up higher into the mountains.

Avalanche Problems

Loose Wet

Watch for potential wet loose avalanche activity Friday as temps rise and the sun pops out. These avalanches, though small (up to size one), when combined with terrain traps can be dangerous. They will be possible to trigger with human activity and will be sensitive to triggering on all aspects except the north. They will most likely be found in the below treeline and treeline elevation bands.

Wind Slab

Saturday into Sunday a storm with moderate snow fall amounts and high winds (from the S to SW) comes in. This storm will result in wind slab formation in the alpine and treeline. These slabs will have a sensitivity to triggering in the possible to likely range with human activity and a potential avalanche size range of size 1 to 2.

Snowpack Summary

10 to 20 cm of new moist snow fell above 1000 m over the past three days on top of a crust that formed prior.

Snowpack Details

Surfacemoist new snow
Uppera breakable crust over well settled moist warm storm snow from last weekends blizzard
Midwell settled
Lowerwell settled

Past Weather

Clear, sunny skies and positive temps Tuesday warmed the upper snow pack then cooled at night creating a crust. 10 to 20 cm of new moist snow fell early Wednesday morning fallowed by a few flurries Thursday.

Weather Forecast

Mild Friday with a moderate storm event forecast for Saturday into Sunday.

Friday - 0 to a trace of new precip, winds light SW, temps 0 to 2, freezing level 1500 to 1700 m

Saturday - 7 to 15 cm of new snow, strong S winds easing to moderate SW, temps 0 to -4, freezing level 1000 to 1400 m

Sunday - 2-4 cm of new snow, light SW winds, temps a cool -2 to -4, freezing level 850 to 1100 m

Posted on Friday April 12, 2019 by Bill Phipps

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