South Rockies Avalanche Forecast
Feb 10th, 2016 7:54AM
Avalanche hazard will fall as the temperature cools, however, pay attention to changing conditions between sunny and shaded aspects
Moderate - Timing or intensity of solar radiation is uncertain on Thursday
THURSDAY: cloudy, light southwest winds freeing level 2200m. FRIDAY: light flurries and showers overnight as freezing levels fall to valley floor before rebounding to 2200m, light southwesterly winds. SATURDAY: flurries/showers taper off in the early morning, partly cloudy skies, moderate westerly winds, freezing level falling to 1800m.
A cycle of loose wet avalanches was reported on Monday and Tuesday.
Moist snow can be found on solar aspects and a thin melt freeze crust may form on the surface overnight. Dry snow can still be found on high elevation north facing slopes. Strong south west winds have resulted in widespread wind effect. Thick, stiff wind slabs can be found on north aspects in the alpine. Cornices have grown significantly. In the front ranges, the wind effect may be more extreme with widespread strastugi being reported in the alpine around Castle Mountain. In some areas you may find a supportive crust down 30cm that extends up to around 1900m. A layer of buried surface hoar can be found between 40 and 60cm down and remains a concern west of the Divide. The snowpack rests on a weak crust/facet layer from early December.
Stubborn old wind slabs can be found on cool north facing slopes, and cornices will remain weak until the temperatures falls.
Be aware of the potential for wide propagations due to the presence of hard windslabs.>Cornices become weak with daytime heating, so travel early on exposed slopes.>
The early January surface hoar remains a classic low probability problem west of the Divide. I'm unsure as to how it will respond to the prolonged warm temperatures, so I would treat larger terrain features with caution until the snowpack cools.
Be aware of the potential for large, deep avalanches due to the presence of buried surface hoar.>Avoid convexities or areas with a thin or variable snowpack.>
Valid until: Feb 11th, 2016 2:00PM