With cloudless skies during the day & temperatures trending warming, the likelihood of afternoon Loose Wet avalanches is likely. The surface snow layer will be most effected by direct sun & temperature changes throughout the day. Timing of your travel will be the variable to consider. With the angle of the sun Easterly slopes see warming first, then South through West slopes later, finally heating North aspects before sunset. Deep track penetration into the surface layer is an indicator of rising instability.
Avalanches can still happen, be Aware.
We are transitioning to a Spring snowpack with warm sunny days & cool clear nights. We will see solid & icy surface conditions early in the mornings & as rapid warm-up takes place Loose-Wet avalanche activity later in the afternoon. The uppermost surface of the snowpack will see the most rapid change & deformation from sun & air temperature fluctuations. Warm air temperatures allows thawing which will percolate water through the snow layers & can help create an isothermal & more homogenous overall snowpack. Even though some stabilization of the snow is taking place areas are getting thinner & water in the snowpack helps lubricate the ground surface & crust layers.
Warmer and drier conditions will continue through the weekend as high pressure starts to build across the area. This high pressure will weaken slightly early next week and allow slightly stronger winds late Sunday into early Monday and a brief cool down Tuesday. The ridge tries to rebuild by the middle of next week with above normal temperatures before sliding east. By late next week into next weekend there could be showers over portions of the region.
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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