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Northwest Coastal

lamontagne.yann , Monday 11th March, 2024 5:10PM

Recent observations indicate heightened avalanche danger due to natural avalanches occurring today and in the days preceding. The primary concern stems from new snow overlaying weak faceted snow layers, creating unstable conditions. Over the past few days, significant snowfall has blanketed the region, creating a fresh layer of snow atop existing snowpack. This new snow has bonded poorly with the underlying layers, particularly on slopes with facets present. These weak facets, combined with the added weight of the recent snow, have heightened the potential for avalanches. Furthermore, storm slabs have formed in response to the recent snowfall and wind-loading, adding to the instability. These storm slabs have the potential to step down to persistent weak layers, particularly concerning is the possibility of stepping down to a persistent weak layer formed earlier in the season. This increases the likelihood of larger, more destructive avalanches. At last, we saw what seemed like a new size two avalanche on the first pitch of the dome. Uncertain if it was naturally trigger or remotly triggered from a skin track? Another size two that seemed older in cats. And the last one above waterfall from a few days back. If you look at the first picture, in the left corner of the crown, it could be the step down that we talk about.

Source: Avalanche Canada MIN