Northwest Coastal Avalanche Forecast
Apr 25th, 2019 4:53PM
Limited recent field observations mean that this forecast should be used to guide your initial assessment of conditions. See our 'Cold & Snowy' spring scenario for more on managing current conditions.
Thursday Night: Cloudy with flurries bringing approximately 5-10 cm of new snow. Light to moderate south winds. Alpine high temperatures around -6 with freezing levels to 800 metres.
Friday: Cloudy with flurries bringing approximately 5-10 cm of new snow. Light to moderate south winds shifting southwest. Alpine high temperatures around -5 with freezing levels to 1000 metres.
Saturday: Sunny with cloudy periods. Light northeast or northwest winds. Alpine high temperatures around -3 with freezing levels to 1300 metres.
Sunday: Mix of sun and cloud. Light northeast wind. Alpine high temperatures around -3 with freezing levels to 1200 metres.
Reports from the Bear Pass area on Wednesday showed a few new size 2 (large) wind slab releases observed in steep leeward features in the alpine.
No new avalanches have been reported in the south of the region.
Please submit your observations to the Mountain Information Network.
Up to10 cm of new snow fell over Tuesday night, adding to 10-30 cm of new snow that fell Sunday night and Monday. Moderate to strong southwest winds are expected to have formed reactive wind slabs with much of this recent snow. The new snow sits on an older layer of settled storm snow from last week, which itself overlies a now 40-60 cm-deep melt freeze crust. This crust is widespread with the possible exception of high elevation north aspects. Most of the recent precipitation has fallen as rain at 1000 m and below.
At lower elevations, ongoing warm weather has been promoting isothermal snowpack conditions and melting the snowpack away.
Recent snowfalls coupled with bouts of strong southwest wind have likely developed new wind slabs at higher elevations. Expect snow amounts and the effects of wind loading to increase as you gain elevation.
- Be cautious as you transition into wind affected terrain.
- Be careful with wind loaded pockets, especially near ridge crests and roll-overs.
Aspects:North, North East, East, South East.
Rain at lower elevations will weaken the surface snow layers and increase the likelihood of sluffing in steep terrain where there is still enough snow to avalanche i.e. treeline and the upper end of the below treeline elevation band.
- Use caution above cliffs and terrain traps where small avalanches may have severe consequences.
Valid until: Apr 26th, 2019 2:00PM