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
A cold arctic air mass remains over the region. A weak and splitting weather system has brought up to several inches of light density snow to the higher elevations during the past 24 hours. Temperatures were mostly in the single digits above and below zero overnight and rose into the positive single digits and teens during the day. Westerly winds have increased to 10 to 20 with gusts from 25 to 35 miles per hour. At the higher elevations these winds have created areas of drifting snow.
FORECAST FOR Thursday, February 21, 2019
Periods of light snow or flurries are likely until around midnight. After a brief respite light snowfall will return to the southern portion of our forecast area on Thursday afternoon. Temperatures will be in the single digits above and below zero overnight. Daytime highs will rise into the positive single digits and teens in the mountains and into the 20s in the valleys. Winds are forecast to be light and variable.
Humans who venture onto steep avalanche prone slopes could triggered surface slabs one to three deep that were formed during the past storm cycle and persistent slabs with depths of three to five feet that lie upon weak layers that formed earlier in the season. These dangerous persistent slabs are most likely to be triggered in areas that have exhibited poor snow structure for several months. Although there may be slopes where large slides can still be triggered by the weight of a single person these slabs may be more likely to be triggered by snowmachines.
The general avalanche hazard is expected to be moderate in the Teton and Greys River/Southwest Trails areas and considerable in the Togwotee Pass area.
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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