Snowpack Summary for 2/9/2018

THIS SNOWPACK SUMMARY EXPIRED ON February 11, 2018 @ 8:47 pm
Snowpack Summary published on February 9, 2018 @ 8:47 pm
Issued by Gabe Coler

bottom line:

Cooling temperatures over the weekend will reduce the likelihood of Loose wet avalanches. We may get a little new snow on Sunday but it shouldn't be enough to create any significant new avalanche problems.

Avalanche Character 1: Normal Caution
Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. Use normal caution when travelling in the backcountry.
Snowpack Discussion

Our current snow pack can be characterized as pretty hard. Sunny slopes have been melting just enough to provide some nice skiing. Our entire snow pack consists of melt-forms, rounds and occasionally some ice layers. Tests from today at 7200 ft. on Tumalo all produced no failures.

recent observations

There haven't been any reports of avalanche activity during the latter half of the week with the exception of Jonas' report of a Cornice failure at Tam Rim.

weather

The weekend will be cooler. A low pressure system will move across the mountains on Sunday, but isn't likely to leave us with more than an inch or two at best.

Disclaimer

This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas. 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.


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