Avalanche season is definitely not over. Wet slides and the occasional fresh storm slabs will continue to be a threat into May.
Freeze-thaw conditions lead to predictable avalanche danger that is usually low in the morning and increases quickly midday as temperatures increase and sun warms the snowpack. Be sure to avoid steep warm slopes with a wet snowpack. Keep an eye on overnight low temperatures on our weather stations page. If we fail to get a solid freeze at night, wet slide danger will increase the following day.
Problem #1: Wet Slides
Location: ALL aspects, slopes steeper than 30 degrees, from midday-on.
Strong solar radiation and warm weather will stress the upper snowpack each afternoon. Travel sunny slopes in the early morning while the snow is still frozen. If the snow is softening to ankle-deep or more, it is time to move to shadier aspects or low-angle terrain. Steep south aspects and warm, rocky slopes will have an increased chance of deep, destructive natural climax avalanches. Wet-loose sluffs may gouge deep and carry a person into dangerous terrain.
Freeze-Thaw conditions continue in the mountains. A generally stormy weather pattern looks to continue for the next week, with light-moderate precripiation coming in waves, and snow level around 2000-4000ft.
This will be the last forecast for the 2018/2019 season. However, avalanche season is definitely not over. See the forecast details for more info.
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