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Avalanche Canada mbender, Avalanche Canada

South Coast Inland Avalanche Forecast

Apr 26th, 2019 3:44PM

The alpine rating is low, the treeline rating is low, and the below treeline rating is low. Known problems include Loose Wet.

Last Avalanche Forecast for the season. For additional information check out our Spring Conditions page at:  https://goo.gl/cpx8Dq

Summary

Confidence

Low - Due to the number of field observations

Weather Forecast

SATURDAY: Mainly cloudy with scattered flurries and sunny breaks. Alpine temperatures near -2 and freezing levels 1500 m. Ridgetop wind moderate from the west.

SUNDAY: Mainly sunny. Alpine temperatures near -1 and freezing levels 1700 m. Ridgetop wind light northeast.

MONDAY: Mix of sun and cloud. Alpine temperatures near 1 and freezing levels 1900 m. Ridgetop wind light northeast.

Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches have been reported.

If you have any recent observations during your travels, we would greatly appreciate it. If you posted a photo or any other information to the Mountain Information Network (MIN), thanks!

Snowpack Summary

In the alpine, up to 10 cm cold wind-affected snow may still be holding onto northerly aspects. Southerly winds have likely produced isolated wind slabs around ridges and in the immediate lee features at upper elevations. Cornices have been failing recently.

Recent precipitation fell as rain upwards of 1800 m which has re-frozen as a crust well into the alpine on southerly aspects and all aspects below. Warm overnight temperatures will prevent crust recovery as you lose elevation. Expect thin surface crusts to break down quickly with daytime warming and rain.

Problems

Loose Wet

An icon showing Loose Wet

Likelihood

Possible - Unlikely

Expected Size

1 - 1.5

The likelihood of loose wet avalanches will depend on the extent of overnight crust recovery and the pace at which it warms up through the day.

  • Cornices become weak with daytime heating, so travel early on exposed slopes.
  • Use caution above terrain traps like gullies where small avalanches may have severe consequences.

Aspects:

East, South East, South, South West, West.

Elevations:

Alpine, Treeline.

Valid until: Apr 27th, 2019 2:00PM