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Last Updated: Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 by Erik Stevens (Disclaimer | About This Page)
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Recent Weather Summary (Chart):

October and early November brought a series of storms to the area, with snow levels steadily lowering throughout. No major cold air outbreaks occurred. Around 5 feet of snow fell above 4000ft, 3ft above 3000ft, tapering to no snow below 1000ft. The snow that fell was the wet/heavy variety.

Mid November brought sunny days, with cold nights in the valley bottoms. A strong temperature inversion was present, with overnight temperatures above freezing over the exposed ridges and higher starting zones, and surface hoar formation below the inversion. A warm storm came in on the 18th, dropping about 6" of snow above 3000ft. The 21st-23rd brought periods of wet snow above 1000ft, with totals likely around 12".

Wednesday-Sunday:Our first cold air outbreak is upon us. Expect strong north winds and clear skies into the weekend. Temperatures will be between 10-25F. The next chance of snow will be Sunday, but it doesn't look like much. Next week is looking more active.

Lutak Zone (see map)

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Last week's alpine snowpack was around 60cm deep, mostly dense and consolidated with patches of large surface hoar crystals. Since then, around 30cm of new snow fell, burying any surface hoar that remained. There was some observed avalanche activity from this weekend's storm. Notably a D3-R3 soft slab in the Chilkat range, N aspect at 4000ft.

Over ridgelines and exposed peaks, expect fresh wind loading and cross-loading this week in gullies and lee slopes. Wind loading creates wind slabs, and when fresh they are often ready to slide. This will be the main concern in windy areas.

Keep an eye on the new-old snow interface about 30cm down. It is unknown how well this layer bonded. If you dig around, look for signs of potential buried surface hoar at this interface as well. Please report any findings.

Now is also a good time to check your beacons, review your skills, and get the right gear. Always wear a beacon, shovel, and probe, and know how to use them. We will be holding community beacon practice events and an observer training in the next few weeks. Stay tuned.

Transitional Zone (see map)

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Snow depths and conditions are similar in each zone right now. See above for more information.

Chilkat Pass Zone (see map)

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Snow depths and conditions are similar in each zone right now. See above for more information.

Disclaimer: Use the data on this website at your own discretion as part of a thorough evaluation of the avalanche hazard in the field. Remember that conditions vary greatly from place to place and hour to hour, so evaluate the snow you find locally, and compare it to what you read on this website. We are not responsible for how you use the information contained on this site, and assume no liability for its use. Remember, information is no substitute for experience. Educate yourself in avalanche safety. The information on this website is not sufficient for completely safe backcountry decision making. Use at your own risk.

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