Lizard Range and Flathead Avalanche Forecast
Mar 25th, 2020 4:00PM
Limited observations are keeping forecast confidence low. Recent snow is expected to remain reactive to triggering on Thursday.
Wednesday night: Becoming clear. Light to moderate northwest winds.
Thursday: Sunny. Light to moderate west or southwest winds increasing over the day. Alpine high temperatures around -6.
Friday: Mainly cloudy. Light to moderate southwest winds. Alpine high temperatures around -5.
Saturday: Mainly cloudy. Light to moderate southwest winds. Alpine high temperatures around -4.
No new avalanches were reported from Tuesday's storm, but observations have been minimal. The new snow is expected to remain reactive over the near term, especially on steeper south facing slopes and in areas where wind loading has occurred or will occur.
About 20 cm of new snow accumulated during Tuesday's storm. The new snow likely sits above a melt-freeze crust on sun-exposed slopes and on previously wind-affected snow in other areas, so new slabs may take some time to bond to these surfaces.
A layer of faceted grains overly a melt-freeze crust from early February. This layer currently sits 30 to 60 cm below the surface. This layer remains dormant and has not produced a reported avalanche for about a week.
The base of the snowpack may contain a weak layer of faceted grains that are most prominent in shallow rocky start zones with a snowpack depth of 150 cm or less.
Terrain and Travel
- Watch for newly formed and reactive wind slabs as you transition into wind affected terrain.
- Minimize exposure to sun-exposed slopes when the solar radiation is strong.
- Make conservative terrain choices and avoid overhead hazard.
Increasing southwest winds are expected to move Tuesday's snow into new wind slabs on leeward slopes, particularly near ridgetop.
Aspects:North, North East, East, South East, North West.
New snow accumulations exposed to strong sunshine will be increasingly likely to shed from steep slopes on Thursday. This may occur naturally or with a human trigger.
Aspects:South, South West.
Valid until: Mar 26th, 2020 5:00PM