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Last Updated: Friday, November 21st, 2014 by Erik Stevens (Disclaimer | About This Page)
Expires 11pm on November 21st, 2014
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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 has fallen above 4000ft, 3ft above 3000ft, tapering to no snow below 1000ft. The snow that fell was typical wet/heavy variety we expect in the fall.

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.

Friday-Sunday:Another front moves in early Friday morning, this one a little colder than the last several. Snow should fall at sea level through the day on Friday, with 2-5" likely. Amounts over the mountains will be in the 4-8" range on Friday. North winds will be moderate. Periods of light-moderate precipitation will continue Saturday and Sunday, with snow levels hovering near sea level. An additional 5-10" could fall over mountain areas this weekend.

Lutak Zone (see map)

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Snow depths were reported to be around 60cm last week in the alpine. The snowpack is generally dense and settled, and above 3000ft there is a new layer of snow on top. Today's new snow will add another layer, with north winds building fresh wind slabs on east-south-west aspects. The primary concerns will be with the new storm snow. How well is it bonding to the old snow underneath? Are there density interfaces within it? It would be good to avoid steep wind-loaded slopes during the storm as they will likely hold tender wind slabs.

Please report any avalanche activity or snow observations.

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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