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.
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WESTERN WYOMING AVALANCHE ADVISORY
The first in a series of disturbances in a moist westerly flow began to bring precipitation to the region yesterday afternoon. Since then the higher elevations have received 3 to 6 inches of dense snow with 0.4 to 0.65 inches of water. Today’s temperatures were in the 20s and 30s in the mountains and in the 40s in the valleys. During the past 24 hours the freezing level has ranged from 7,000 to 8,000 feet. Rain showers brought up a third of an inch of moisture to the lower elevations. Winds veered from the southwest to the west and have increased to 10 to 20 miles per hour.
At the lower elevations warmer overnight temperatures and rain showers have accelerated the melting and increased the wet snow avalanche hazard. At 7 am this morning a wet slide released naturally near mile marker 131 in the Elbow avalanche path area of the Snake River Canyon. That slide put 3 to 4 feet of avalanche debris on one lane of the highway. At the upper elevations small slides involving the new snow released naturally and were skier triggered on very steep terrain features.
FORECAST FOR Thursday, April 4, 2019
Periods of light to moderate snowfall will continue over the mountains with another 2 to 4 inches of snow expected in the next 24 hours. Occasional rain showers are possible in the valleys. Temperatures will drop into the lower 20s in the mountains and are forecast to drop into the upper 20s in the valleys. Tomorrow’s highs will be in the 20s and 30s in the mountains and in the 40s in the valleys. Winds will be from the west to west-southwest at 10 to 20 miles per hour with higher gusts.
Stronger winds and a little more dense new snow will continue to slowly increase the new snow avalanche hazard at the highest elevations. Warm temperatures and rain showers will keep the wet snow avalanche hazard going at the lower elevations. The general avalanche hazard may increase to moderate at the upper elevations, is likely to be low at the mid elevations and is likely to be moderate at the lower elevations.
TREND THROUGH THE WEEKEND
For area specifics, go to the Bridger-Teton Avalanche Center website.
View a real-time snow accumulation map HERE.
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