Take time to investigate the snowpack in your riding area, don't guess. This persistent slab problem is not leaving our avalanche spectrum any time soon. Overall it is unlikely to trigger these deeper slabs today, although they do exist in isolated features. Look for leeward slopes above 8500' that have a smooth or billowy allure. In places where snow deposits remained cool, shady, & wind-driven accumulations formed; a layer or layers of weak snow may linger. Suspect aspects in our snowpack range from NW-N-NE & reside above 8500'.
Snowpack stability has increased but buried weak layers can still be a problem for travelers near & above treeline. Time has allowed settlement of the snowpack, although avalanches can occur even during low danger periods. Solar radiation has formed surface melt-freeze crusts adding to the dynamics of our riding lately. No new snow has been seen for a few days & the same can be said for avalanches. In places where wet loose avalanches took places last week, a lumpy & bumpy & slightly formidable landscape exists.
Isolated whumphing, or sudden collapse of snow layers, is still being noticed in the upper elevations. Surface melt-freeze crusts have formed making skiing conditions in early morning & late afternoon somewhat treacherous. Very little snow available for transport & winds have been light.
|0600 temperature:||42 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||50 deg. F.|
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|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||0 inches|
|Total snow depth:||15 inches|
A change from the warm dryness will come today as a quick low passes over our area. Snow will begin tonight & continue through tomorrow with accumulations relatively small. Freezing temperatures & strong winds will return to the alpine today. Our remote weather stations have shown nightly temps barely reaching freezing with last nights atmosphere at a balmy 42 degrees. Thursday's weather looks promising in the form of a more typical winter storm with less sassy rain elements. Welcome back winter!
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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