Issued: Jan 20th, 2024 4:00PM
The alpine rating is Wind Slabs., the treeline rating is , and the below treeline rating is Known problems include
Continued wind and new snow will increase the avalanche hazard in the alpine and exposed treeline. Find good snow in sheltered terrain.
On Thursday and Friday we received reports of natural wind slab activity up to size 1.5 on many aspects. Check out this MIN for conditions near Seaton.
We also received a report of a size 2 natural wind slab avalanche that stepped down to a deeper weak layer. Perhaps this is one of the buried surface hoar layers mentioned in the snowpack summary, though we haven't seen any other avalanches on those layers in the last month.
Storm totals may reach 10-20 cm by Sunday afternoon, redistributed into deeper deposits by strong winds. Winds have varied, from north/easterly outflows to strong southerlies. Storm snow sits over old wind slabs or other hard, faceted (weak) surfaces, which increases reactivity as it resists bonding.
In sheltered areas, up to 50 cm of low density snow sits on a decomposing rain crust up to 1650 m.
Two surface hoar layers can be found buried 60-90 cm deep and have become unlikely to trigger. These layers may be affected by step down avalanches in thin snowpack areas.
Cloudy, trace to 3 cm of snow possible. Southerly winds 10-30 km/h. Treeline temperature -10 °C.
Cloudy, with 5 cm of snow possible during the day. Southerly winds 30 km/h. Treeline temperature -9 °C.
Mostly cloudy, flurries possible. Southerly winds 20-40 km/h. Treeline temperature -7 °C.
Mostly cloudy, flurries possible. Southerly winds 30-50 km/h. Treeline temperature -6 °C.
More details can be found in the Mountain Weather Forecast.
Terrain and Travel Advice
- Seek out sheltered terrain where new snow hasn't been wind-affected.
- Expect slab conditions to change drastically as you move into wind exposed terrain.
- Watch for newly formed and reactive wind slabs as you transition into wind affected terrain.
Wind slabs will continue to build over the day. Expect slabs to exist on all aspects as recent winds have varied
Aspects: All aspects.
Elevations: Alpine, Treeline.
Valid until: Jan 21st, 2024 4:00PM