Waterton Lakes National Park Avalanche Forecast
Jan 9th, 2020 4:00PM
Recent storm snow is expected to transition to Windslab as the Waterton winds return Friday. This Windslab may get buried by a heavy snowfall if forecast upslope conditions materialize on Saturday evening.
Friday: Scattered Flurries. Freezing level valley bottom with Moderate SW winds.
Saturday: Flurries with 1-5 cm of snow. SW winds increasing as temperatures drop rapidly saturday night. Potential for heavy snow overnight with upslope enhancement.
Sunday: Uncertain timing and intensity of incoming storm.10-50cm of snow with moderate -strong wind.
Cameron lakes received 40cm of new snow over the past 48h. Windslabs & cornices are maturing creating the potential for larger avalanches as the load increases during the incoming storm on sunday. A crust down 10-30cm exists up to 1800m. The Middle of the snowpack is well settled but a weak facet/ melt freeze crust still lurks at base of snowpack.
Size 1- 1.5 Natural Windslabs observed in the alpine in the Cameron Lakes Drainage today.
Windslabs will create a sensitive bed surface for new snow arriving on the weekend.
- If triggered the storm/wind slabs may step down to deeper layers resulting in large avalanches.
- Minimize exposure during periods of loading from new snow and wind.
Aspects:North, North East, East, South East, South, North West.
Deep Persistent Slabs
The November facet/ melt freeze crust combo still lurks near the base of the snowpack, and is still very much in play with incoming snow. Triggers could include cornices, avalanches in the storm snow, or people in thin snowpack areas.
- Use conservative route selection, choose moderate angled and supported terrain with low consequence.
- Pay attention to overhead hazards like cornices which could easily trigger the deep persistent slab.
Valid until: Jan 12th, 2020 4:00PM