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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
A weak weather system and associated cold front has moved into the region in a northwest flow. At the same time a major winter storm centered over southeast Colorado is bringing heavy snowfall and blizzard conditions to central and southern Wyoming.
Western Wyoming experienced overcast skies with areas of light snowfall today. Most areas received less than an inch. The exception was Grand Targhee which has received 7 inches of new since 2:30 pm. Temperatures at 10,000 feet were in the upper teens overnight and dropped into the lower teens during the day. Temperatures were in the 20s at the mid elevations and rose into the 30s in the valleys. Winds have been from the northwest in the Teton and Greys River areas and from the northeast along the Continental Divide in the Togwotee Pass area. Winds have averaged 5 to 15 with gusts from 15 to 25 miles per hour.
At 2 am this morning a wet slide released naturally on a steep road cut on Teton Pass. That slide put five feet of wet avalanche debris across two lanes of the highway. A natural release was observed on the Skillet Glacier on Mt. Moran in Grand Teton National Park 20 minutes after sunrise this morning.
FORECAST FOR Thursday, March 14, 2019
Dryer air and cooler air will move in from the northwest along with some lingering snow showers. On Thursday skies will be partly cloudy. Temperatures will drop into the single digits overnight and rise into the upper teens and 20s during the day. Winds will be from the north at 15 to 25 with gusts to 40 miles per hour.
The general avalanche hazard will continue to be moderate at the upper elevations of the Teton area and at the mid and upper elevations of the Greys River and Togwotee Pass areas. It will be low at the mid and lower elevations of the Teton area and at the lower elevations of the Greys River and Togwotee Pass areas. Persistent slabs 3 to 6 feet deep are still a concern in the Greys River and Togwotee Pass areas. These dangerous hard slab avalanches could be triggered by snowmachines on very steep avalanche prone slopes. At the higher elevations wind slabs 1 to 2 feet in depth could be triggered by the weight of a single person.
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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