Issued: Thu, Jan 12, 2017 at 9PM

Expires: Sun, Jan 15, 2017

Above 2,000ft Considerable

1,000 to 2,000ft Moderate

Below 1,000ft Low

Degrees of Avalanche Danger ?

1. Low
2. Moderate
3. Considerable
4. High
5. Extreme

Avalanche Danger Rose ?

Avalanche Problems ?

Problem Details

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Weather

We’ve gone nearly 2 weeks without precipitation. Clear skies promoted facetted, sugary, dry snow throughout our relatively shallow snowpack. Last week, extreme northerly outflow winds created a highly variable surface and a few isolated wind slabs, though most of the windblown snow sublimated into the air. Light snow today has been a prelude to another dramatic change in weather.

Expect heavy precipitation and moderate east wind increasing Friday into Saturday. Weather models suggest 2 inches of water Friday and another 1.5 inches Saturday. The freezing level will climb through Friday, eventually above our local peaks, and descend late Saturday. At tree line and above, new snow may not bond well to the old surface, especially previously wind scoured northern and future wind loaded western slopes. Stormy weather will continue, with another wave Monday, and yet another midweek. The avalanche hazard may increase.

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Hoots Witsoe

Forecaster: Hoots Witsoe