Wednesday December 25, 2019

Friday December 27, 2019
Thursday December 26, 2019
Wednesday December 25, 2019
Confidence: Moderate - Increase in field observations and professional reporting

Main Concerns

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

Travel & Terrain Advice

Cautious route finding near ridge tops as your are entering terrain on north aspect.

Loose dry avalanches may be small in destructive size but will have the strength to push a human into hazard terrain such as cliffs.

Early season low snow conditions exist at lower elevations, hazards such as creeks and rocks are just hiding under the snow-pack. Slow your pace and give plenty of time to maneuver around these hidden hazards.

Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches observed or reported

Avalanche Problems

Wind Slab

Found in both the alpine and treeline , but specific to north east thru to north west aspects, expect this avalanche problem to be touchy to light triggers such as skiers. The chance of these avalanches being triggered is possible , but likely in the alpine and when triggered may produce avalanches up to size two.

Loose Dry

Found at all elevations and aspects, expect this avalanche problem to be touchy to light triggers such as skiers. The chance of these avalanches being triggered is possible and when triggered may produce avalanches up to size one.

Snowpack Summary

Low and shallow snow pack conditions exist with depths below tree line at 60 to 70 cm and treeline depths of 80 to 100 cm. The snow pack in the alpine is exceeding 150 centimeters.

Past new snowfall of 20 plus centimeters has buried a surface hoar layer that is likely to be found in areas sheltered from the wind in both the alpine and at treeline.

A weak interface down 45 -50 centimeters has continued to produce moderate shears during testing.

The lower snow pack has a basal facet layer that appears to be bonding but is widespread.

Snowpack Details

Surfaceunconsolidated and dry
Upperbeginning to settle with buried surface hoar down up-to 20 centimeters
Mida weakness down 45 centimeters has been consistently producing moderate shears when tested.
Lowera weak and faceted crust exists at the base of the snow pack

Past Weather

A period of cool and clear Monday was followed by wind and precipitation. Freezing levels remained low but did rise to 1200 meters for a brief period. Snowfall accumulation where in the range of 20 centimeters.

Weather Forecast

On the fringe of a strong storm system that is effecting the north coast. Temperatures and freezing levels will remain low with moderate snowfall on Christmas. The remainder of the week will likely only see trace amounts. Expect the winds to remain light.

Wednesday 10 mm precipitation , Winds Light from the South east , Freezing levels 1000 meters.

Thursday trace amounts of precipitation , Winds light from the South east, Freezing levels 1000 meters.

Friday trace amounts of precipitation , Winds light from the South east, Freezing levels 1000 meters.

Posted on Wednesday December 25, 2019 by Jesse Percival

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