New snow accompanied by recent moderate westerly winds has created wind slabs in isolated locations. Slabs were observed this week at ridge-top areas and on exposed, cross-loaded slopes.
If the sun stays out today, loose dry avalanches may be initiated on steep SE-W aspects and around rocky features.
Deep persistent slabs are best managed by:
Cornices are best managed by:
Sunny with cloudy periods and no precipitation today. Alpine temperature will reach -7 C with freezing level rising to 1200m. Expect light ridge wind.
A cold front arrives on Saturday bringing the next bout of precipitation. We are expecting 15cm of new snow for the weekend and gusty SW winds.
There is 20-30cm of low density snow over a well settled mid-pack. Variable stubborn wind slab may be found in alpine elevations along ridge-tops and exposed tree-line features. Steep S to SW aspects have a suncrust buried anywhere between 30-60cm below the surface.
No new avalanches were observed or reported yesterday.