Wind will be stiff out of the SW tonight and into tomorrow. This will load up lee aspects with enough snow to create deeper pockets you'll want to be alert to. Day to night changes in temp could have denser layers lying over lighter layers of snow and this weak layering could be worsened by wind loading. Test steep, windloaded terrain before committing.
Loose wet slides could become troublesome at mid and low elevations when temperatures exceed 32 degrees. Steep terrain below treeline will be the places to watch. If you're in up to your boot tops or laying on the throttle to move through slush its time to get off the steep stuff to avaoid wet slides.
We're close to a spring cycle with the temperatures. We're just missing the sun part. Until then, be cautious of new snow accumulations especially when wind loaded. Rain is always bad for the stability. We don't have any plaguing weak layers but rain can collect on firmer layers in the pack and lubricate the slab above. Be on your toes.
|0600 temperature:||24 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||33 deg. F.|
|Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:||NNE|
|Average wind speed during the last 24 hours:||20 mph|
|Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours:||47 mph|
|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||3 inches|
|Total snow depth:||119 inches|
Tonight there is a 90% chance of 1-3 inches of new snow. Temperatures wil be in the high 20s and winds will be SW at 13-16mph with gusts to 25. Wednesday there is 100% chance of 2-4 inches of new snow. Daytime temperatures will rise to 33 and winds will remain SW at 11-16 gusting to 25. Thursday there is a 40% chance of one inch of new snow. Temperatures in the low 30s and winds changing to NW at 6-8mph.
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.