Low - Due to the number of field observations
This benign blocking pattern will be with us for the foreseeable future. Things begin to change on the Coast this weekend, but no precipitation is expected to make it to the South Rockies. Unfortunately it looks like a heap of wind is coming our way Saturday night through at least Monday. WEDNESDAY NIGHT: Freezing level at valley bottom, light northwest wind, no significant precipitation expected.THURSDAY: Scattered cloud cover, clearing in the afternoon, freezing level at valley bottom, light north/northwest wind, no significant precipitation expected.FRIDAY: Clear skies, freezing level at valley bottom, light to moderate wind generally out of the west, no significant precipitation expected.SATURDAY: Scattered cloud cover, freezing level at valley bottom, light to moderate southwest wind, no significant precipitation expected.
No new avalanches have been reported in the region. If you have been out, please submit any observations to the Mountain Information Network MIN.
The region received up to 20 cm of snow over the past seven days. Isolated pockets of stiff wind slab may exist on leeward slopes. Below the surface exists a series of crusts and a feathery surface hoar layer. We have a lot of uncertainty around the weak surface hoar layer and its distribution, but it's most likely present on sheltered slopes in the alpine and at treeline. A mixed layer of melt-freeze crusts and sugary facets buried late October can be found at the base of the snowpack at treeline and in the alpine. This layer has not been active, but there is potential for slab avalanches on this layer given the current snowpack structure. Terrain features like smooth alpine bowls with variable snowpack depths would be most suspect.Average snowpack depths at treeline are near 50 cm and taper quickly as elevation decreases. Snow depths below treeline are generally below the threshold depth required to produce avalanches.