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Up to 25cm of new snow, combined with warm temps and strong, gusty winds, has built fresh storm slabs. These may lie on a newly formed surface hoar layer.
The Dec 1 crust/facet combo came to life on Monday, resulting in numerous very large avalanches.This is now a low probability/high consequence avalanche problem. It will be stubborn to trigger, but if it goes it will be huge.
Multiple persistent weak layers in skiable terrain awoke with Monday's storm. The Jan 11 surface hoar and New Years facets were the suspected failure plane for several avalanches that stepped down to the Dec. 1st crust/facet layer.
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
The trailing edge of a warm front gives cloudy skies and isolated flurries Friday.
Tonight: Cloudy. Alpine low -9*C. Light, gusting strong, Westerly ridgetop winds
Friday: Cloudy. High -6*C. Mod W winds
Saturday: Sunny periods. Low -5*C, High -1*C. Mod W winds. Alpine temp inversion.
Sunday: Sunny periods. Low -10*C, High -1*C, Freezing level 1500m.
Up to 20cm of new snow and warm temps has created fresh storm slabs over 2-4mm surface hoar.
There are 2 PWLs in the mid-pack: surface hoar is 50-80cm down at and below treeline,a layer of facets from Xmas is down ~100cm.
The Dec 1 crust/facet combo is down ~2-2.5m - this layer came alive last storm, and will be a lingering concern for a long time.
IDA detections indicate that there is an ongoing natural avalanche cycle occurring as of publishing time.
A size 3 deep slab avalanche was triggered by a tree bomb on Abbott Wednesday.
A widespread avalanche cycle occurred on Monday. Size 3-4 avalanches occurred naturally and with artillery control, some with crown lines over 2m deep.