Wind slabs will be the touchiest feature out there today. Additional wind-loading and warming temperatures should have you suspect of steep, wind effected terrain today. Cornices were easily touched off yesterday in the Cabinets due to the heavily build in the last week. Favor terrain margins and watch for red flags like shooting cracks, high winds, rapid warming, rain, and test snow thoroughly before committing to steep slopes.
The snowfall has been persistent in the last week and no major weak layers have developed in the pack above the ice crust. There are failure planes in the upper 3-4 feet above the crust associated with changes in snow density, temperature change, and amount of wind. These have been failing with moderate to hard force in stability tests. That means weak layers exist and you need to be careful today but the warming temperatures will settle weak layers as the warm weather continues.
|0600 temperature:||34 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||34 deg. F.|
|Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:||W to NNE|
|Average wind speed during the last 24 hours:||25 mph|
|Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours:||52 mph|
|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||7 inches|
|Total snow depth:||108 inches|
Avalanche conditions change for better or worse continually. Backcountry travelers should be prepared to assess current conditions for themselves, plan their routes of travel accordingly, and never travel alone. Backcountry travelers can reduce their exposure to avalanche hazards by utilizing timbered trails and ridge routes and by avoiding open and exposed terrain with slope angles of 30 degrees or more. Backcountry travelers should carry the necessary avalanche rescue equipment such as a shovel, avalanche probe or probe ski poles, a rescue beacon and a well-equipped first aid kit. For a recorded version of the Avalanche Advisory call (208)765-7323.