As the weekend approaches, make sure to add looking at the snow report to your gear checklist!
Avalanche risk and conditions of the snow pack are as important to your safety as your snowsuit.
Your Weekend Snow Report is brought to you by Rocky Mountain Powersports.
WESTERN WYOMING AVALANCHE ADVISORY
Skies were overcast today with mountain clouds setting on peaks above 10000 feet. These clouds brought periods of light snow with minimal accumulation.
Winds from the west to northwest with fifteen to thirty miles per hour averages moved the new and recent snow along high ridge crests. Temperatures at 9000 feet held in the mid twenties throughout the day while low elevations rose into the upper thirties.
A reduction in new loading has slowed down avalanche activity. However, the snowpack remains dangerous. The primary concern is the deep weak layer that continues to persist and be active with every significant loading event that occurs.
The large slides that occurred Sunday night and Monday will continue to be reported as skies clear in days to come. Some slides such as the one off of Mount Hunt put large amounts of deep debris at low elevations where people travel. In addition to the deep slabs, a few slabs involving surface hoar layers buried in mid-January also occurred during the last cycle.
FORECAST FOR Thursday, February 8, 2018
Periods of light snow overnight are to be followed by more consistent snowfall on Thursday. Accumulations by evening of 3-6 inches are expected at the higher elevations. Winds are to be westerly with twenty to thirty miles per hour averages, causing periods of blowing and drifting snow. Temperatures are to remain in the low to mid-twenties.
The general avalanche hazard is expected to be Moderate. The likelihood of triggering deep slab avalanches on a variety of aspects and wind slabs on certain aspects at high elevations has diminished but still exists. Avalanches below 7500 feet are unlikely however hazard from above should be considered.
TREND THROUGH THE WEEKEND
Colder air moving in on Friday should help to provide periods of light snow through most of the day. Drier conditions are expected on Saturday. The avalanche hazard is not expected to change significantly during this time.
For area specifics, go to the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center website.
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