Natural wind slab avalanche on Peak 4068, northeast aspect. Slope overloaded by a combination of 1/25 wind transported snow and 1/28 new snow. Estimated to have occurred mid storm on 1/28.
Closer view of natural avalanche on northeast aspect of Peak 4068.
Weather at 3450′ since Saturday 1/26:
Temperatures averaged 28°F, with a low of 20°F and a high of 33°F.
There has been 9.5″ of snow (0.95″ SWE) recorded at Independence Mine since Thursday 1/24.
Weather at 4500′ since Saturday 1/26:
Temperatures averaged 23°F, with a low of 16°F and a high of 27°F.
Winds averaged E to SE 7 mph, max 13 mph. Gusts averaged E to SE 12 mph, max gust 23 mph.
Stay tuned to the NOAA point forecast for an updated weather forecast each day. The best way to see if it’s snowing in Hatcher Pass is to look at the webcam snow stake HERE and the Independence Mine SNOTEL site HERE
State Parks Snow Report and Motorized Access information can be found here.
This information is a Conditions Update. Danger ratings are only issued with avalanches advisories. The next avalanche advisory is scheduled for Saturday February 2, 2019.
TODAY’S BOTTOM LINE:
Avalanche hazard exists for persistent slab and loose dry avalanches at mid and upper elevations. Human triggered avalanches are possible and natural avalanches are unlikely.
Slab avalanches are the main concern, up to 2-3 feet deep, and large enough to bury, injure, or kill a person.
At low elevations, natural and human triggered avalanches are unlikely.
Avoid steep slopes with terrain traps such as gullies, cliffs, choose slopes with gentle, fanning runouts.
Click on the “FULL FORECAST” button for all the details, below.
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