As the sun casts its rays on mountain slopes expect loose wet avalanche activity to rise in the afternoon. Progressing with the movement of the sun, slopes start to lose stability as they gain intensity from solar radiation in an east to west pattern. Roller-balls & point releases are good indicators that slopes are hot. The liklihood of triggering an avalanche of large size is low. Keep in mind cornices are tender & starting to peel away from ridgelines.
Not much is changing out there as spring has taken form in the BWRA. Surface snow is highly variable ranging from soft corn snow to stiff wind scoured. The persistent slab problem has subdued itself for the time being but may reappear later this season. Look for surface ice in the AM as near freezing temp lock-up melted snow at night. Loose wet surface snow is a concerning hazard during the late afternoon hours.
The past few days of snowmobiling have been relatively safe & very warm. Near freezing temps at night have slowed the rate of melting somewhat. If you climb a sun effected slope look for minor wet sluffs being kicked off from your track. Snow measurements hover around <20 inches (52cm) but snow is not evenly dispersed, & is melting quickly.
|0600 temperature:||31 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||52 deg. F.|
|Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:|
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|Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours:||mph|
|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||0 inches|
|Total snow depth:||21 inches|
Sunshine continues for the extent of our forecast period. Temperatures are almost 15-20F degrees above noramal. Light winds will increase marginally tomorrow as weak disturbance moves across the crest. We will not recieve any precipitation.
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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