The snowpack has had lots of time to settle in the sunshiny warmth & we are seeing less reactivity in our persistent slab issue. Soft snow near & below treeline is in good condition, making for nice snowboard turns. Complacency is the devil & forgetting that avalanches are possible is ignorant. Dig, discuss & determine where the safe riding is!
Winds with this storm will be of GALE strength. Gusting to 105 mph tonight are forecasted! Winds will start from the South & shift to Southwest today. Expect loading on North through Northeast aspects, which is where the majority of our snowpack already exists. The fetch of these winds will dramatically blow snow from ridgetops to settling areas in & below treeline. Cross-loading of terrain gullies & slide path features will be prevalent & hazardous for traveling.
Although relatively benign, this factor of our seasonal snowpack remains in place. At 77cm deep a persistent (rounding facet) weak layer still exists. The facetted grains that linger here are going through a process of metamorphisms to a more stable grain type. This has been a long succession but will aid in stabilizing our more shallow snowpack. Dig around & be familiar with these layers & the problems they may present to you as a traveler of the alpine.
Relatively good/safer snowpack conditions exist with no current red flag warnings. Although tonight's storm system will change that scenario. Wind slabs will be created tonight & storm slabs could be touchy for the next few days. Our persistent slab hazard has subdued itself presently, but may likely reemerge with the additional weight of new snow.
We are getting very close to an opener people. Sharpen carbides, change out your beacon batteries, & brush up on your rescue skills! Next FREE Avalanche Awareness Clinic is February 2-3 at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center 6:00pm. Anyone can come to the talk, registrations are necessary for the Field-Day component.
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Today warm & dry air will be substituted for cold & windy. Snow is forecasted to enter the picture later this afternoon & through Thursday. Our typical raging winds are in store as well with possible gusts to 105 mph in the alpine late this evening. Total snowfall amounts remain moderate around 4-8". Forecasts predict a period of intense snowfall rates with accumulations of 2-3" per hour!
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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