Small Loose Wet Avalanches Around Leavitt Lake

Location Name: 
Leavitt Cirque
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of avalanche (best estimate if unknown): 
Tue, 04/17/2018 - 14:02
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Rapid warming

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Avalanche Observations
Avalanche Type: 
Wet
Loose/Point-Release
Slope: 
40degrees
Trigger type: 
Natural
Crown Height: 
Less than 1 ft
Aspect: 
Southeast
Weak Layer: 
Storm Snow
Avalanche Width: 
40ft.
Terrain: 
Above Treeline
Elevation: 
10 338ft.
Bed Surface: 
Storm Snow
Avalanche Length: 
150ft.
Number of similar avalanches: 
5-10
Number of people caught: 
0
Number of partial burials: 
0
Number of full burials: 
0
Did the avalanche hit a building, vehicle, or structure?: 
No
More detailed information about the avalanche: 

Loose wet point releases have been numerous but small in size all around the BWRA. Cold & dry evenings have refrozen the surface snow that has seen melting during afternoons. Minor point releases have been triggered by skiers & snowmobilers on steep slopes above treeline with afternoon sun. The second photo shows a small wind slab avalanche that was triggered by a wet sluff.

Avalanche Photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Abundant sunshine & above freezing temperatures is loosening the surface snow. Light winds from the Southwest.