There is strength within the snowpack but isolated instabilities still exist. The sun is very intense lately, melting the snow surface & penetrating over 10cm into the pack. Cornices will become weak in the afternoon warmth. You may find cold dry snow on north aspects undergoing metamorphism. Ice, bare ground & packed surface snow makes snowmobiling difficult for both body & sled.
In Voodoo Bowl on a North aspect below treeline, isolated dry snow exists. Surface hoar & facet/ crust combos were observed. Tests were showing stable results with possible failures at the bottom of a strong melt crust interface 39cm (15") deep with hard force. Crusts are facetting out, or softening due to vapor exchanges within the snowpack. 2mm rounding facet grains make up the predominant layers.
|0600 temperature:||36 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||56 deg. F.|
|Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:||southwest|
|Average wind speed during the last 24 hours:||mph|
|Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours:||mph|
|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||0 inches|
|Total snow depth:||19 inches|
Today will be warm & dry. Tomorrow a weak cold front moves into our area with colder temperatures & wind. Gusts on high ridgelines could reach 65 mph Saturday. We may see increased clouds & a very small chance for precipitation at the start of the work-week.
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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