Wednesday: High pressure will dominate our weather for one more day bringing continued sunny skies and temperatures in the mid to upper 40's. Solar aspects will get hit hard again today which will increase the likliehood of triggering a loose-wet avalanche in the afternoon. Though small and generally harmless, these slides can be dangerous when riding in high consequence terrain. Look for roller balls originating from rock outcroppings and avoid riding on southerly slopes in the afternoon above dangerous terrain.
Thursday: 6-10" of new snow is expected in the BWRA Thursday and will be accompanied by strong SW ridgetop winds, with gusts between 80-100 mph. Though the snow amounts will be modest, it will be enough to load exposed NW-N-NE-SE facing slopes and create sensitive wind slabs, easily triggered by a rider. Look for pillows, hollow sounding snow, and cornices and remian off slopes steeper than 35 degrees with these features.
Snow profiles were gathered from the Leavitt Lake and Voodoo Bowl areas yesterday and showed a generally stable snowpack, though small near-surface facets were developing in both locations. The wind will likely destroy this weak surface layer before getting buried by new snow though.
High pressure hangs in for one more today before the first in a series of 4 storm systems impacts our area on Thursday. 6-10" of snow are expected coupled with strong SW ridgetop winds. We get a break Thursday afternoon and Friday morning before the next stronger storm begins to impact our area Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon which could bring an additional 1-1.5 feet of snow.
This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas in the Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area. Click here for a map of the area. This snowpack summary describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This snowpack summary expires in 48 hours unless otherwise noted. The information in this snowpack summary is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.
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