Haines Avalanche Center

Forecast as of 2019-04-11 at 08:00 am and expires on 2019-04-12

Above 2,500ftNone

1,500 to 2,500ftNone

Below 1,500ftNone

Degrees of Avalanche Danger

Avalanche Problems

Problem Details

Bottom Line:

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.

Weather

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. 

Announcements

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.