Moderate - Timing or intensity of solar radiation is uncertain
TUESDAY NIGHT - Cloudy with scattered flurries, trace to 5 cm / northwest winds, 10-20 km/h / alpine low temperature -3 C / freezing level below 1500 mWEDNESDAY - Cloudy with sunny periods and isolated flurries, up to 5 cm / west wind, 10-25 km/h / alpine high temperature -1 C / freezing level 1900 m THURSDAY - Cloudy with sunny periods and scattered flurries, 5-10 cm / northwest wind 10-25 km/h / alpine high temperature -4 C / freezing level 1700 mFRIDAY - Mix of sun and cloud / north wind 10-20 km/h / alpine high temperature -1 / freezing level 2000 m
On Saturday, there were a few reports of natural and human triggered wind slab avalanches, mainly in the alpine on north and east facing slopes.On Sunday, small (size 1-1.5) wind slabs were reactive to skiers, generally around ridge crests and steep, convex terrain above 2200 m. The most reactive deposits were in immediate lee features, including a size 2 wind slab avalanche remotely triggered from a rocky saddle 10 m away. Overnight Sunday, a natural avalanche cycle to size 2 occurred on the western side of the Purcell Forecast region. Storm slab avalanches were observed on steep alpine slopes on all aspects.
Recent storm snow sits on a melt-freeze crust on all aspects except for north slopes above 2000 m, snow remains dry. Southwest winds developed wind slabs around ridges and exposed treeline features and into the alpine. Below 1200 m, snow is disappearing rapidly.The base of the snowpack is composed of sugary faceted snow. The likelihood of triggering an avalanche on this layer is lower during colder periods and elevated during intense warming.