THIS AVALANCHE ADVISORY EXPIRED ON March 27, 2019 @ 6:43 am
Avalanche Advisory published on March 26, 2019 @ 6:43 am
Issued by Jeff Thompson - Idaho Panhandle Avalanche Center

Selkirks/Cabinets

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The daytime temperatures have been above freezing for a week or so, which creates melting and ultimately a more avalanche prone snowpack. Fortunately, the cooler nights have been refreezing the surface of the snowpack which has been saving us. The best plan now is to get out early when the surface is still firm and frozen. Stay away from sun soked slopes with signs of melting.

How to read the advisory

Selkirks/Cabinets

How to read the advisory

The daytime temperatures have been above freezing for a week or so, which creates melting and ultimately a more avalanche prone snowpack. Fortunately, the cooler nights have been refreezing the surface of the snowpack which has been saving us. The best plan now is to get out early when the surface is still firm and frozen. Stay away from sun soked slopes with signs of melting.

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Above Treeline
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

2. Moderate

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Near Treeline
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

2. Moderate

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Below Treeline
Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
    Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.
Avalanche Problem 1: Loose Wet
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Loose wet avalanches are still the main problem. If the weather forecast proves to be true, then the chances of loose wet avalanches will be less today because of the cloud cover. If the sun peaks out today for an extended period, than the likelyhood of wet loose avalanches goes up. Lower elevations and south faceing slopes would be the first place to expect to see loose wet slides.

Avalanche Problem 2: Loose Dry
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Weather and CURRENT CONDITIONS
Weather observations from the Region
0600 temperature: 35 deg. F.
Max. temperature in the last 24 hours: 46 deg. F.
Average wind direction during the last 24 hours: SW
Average wind speed during the last 24 hours: 6-8 mph
Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours: 18 mph
New snowfall in the last 24 hours: 0 inches
Total snow depth: 180cm inches
Two-Day Mountain Weather Forecast Produced in partnership with the Spokane NWS
For 2000 ft. to 4000 ft.
Tuesday Tuesday Night Wednesday
Weather: Chance of showers Clear Sunny
Temperatures: 52 deg. F. 29 deg. F. 54 deg. F.
Wind Direction: SW SW NE
Wind Speed: 5-8 5-8 15-20 Gust-31
Expected snowfall: >1'' in. 0 in. 0 in.
For 4000 ft. to 6000 ft.
Tuesday Tuesday Night Wednesday
Weather: Snow showers Cloudy Partly cloudy
Temperatures: 40 deg. F. 28 deg. F. 45 deg. F.
Wind Direction: SW SW NE
Wind Speed: 16-20 8-12 increasing to 22-30, Gusts-35
Expected snowfall: 1'' in. 0 in. 0 in.
Disclaimer

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.