Wind slabs can still be found in upper elevations on leeward terrain. With not much snow left for transporting, these slabs should be stabilizing and becoming less of a problem. Winds picked up in the afternoon yesterday, and into the evening last night, transporting what snow was left and could make for small shallow fresh wind slabs on east and northeast aspects. Do keep an eye out for signs of freshly drifted snow for the fresh wind slabs, and stiff snow with a chalky surface for the older wind slabs.
Also, be on the lookout for heavily corniced areas today. We have been seeing some big pieces failing over the past week with the warm temperatures.
The east/northeast face of Bruin Mt. shows some of the crossloading and Mid elevation micro loading that we saw last week.
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Thanks to all the ladies who came out yesterday for the annual PAC/Tamarack Ski Patrol Women's only Diva Avalanche Awareness Class! The eight women in yesterday's class learned about weather, snowpack, terrain, and the fundamentals of avalanche rescue. Kudos to the participants!
We don't have any more formal avalanche awareness classes scheduled for the rest of this winter, however, check back next season for a full schedule aimed at all user groups!
Yesterday started out cloudy and cool in the high country, with the sun making an appearance sporadically in the afternoon. With limited sun and lower temps the snow surface did not get as soggy as it had in previous days. This combined with last nights freezing temps is good news for our snowpack, making loose wet avalanches less of a threat for today. Do keep in mind that we are still finding buried surface hoar mid-slope on north and northeast aspects. It is proving to not be very reactive, however, if you were to trigger a slide on this layer (100 cm deep) it could be large and potentially fatal.
No new snow overnight, and temps in the high teens to low twenties. Today there is a 30% chance of not much snow...if we do see any white stuff it will scattered and no real accumulation is expected. The sun should make an appearance in the mountains this afternoon, with temps reaching near the freezing mark, and winds out of the west-southwest blowing 10-15 mph with gusts to 20 mph.
This avalanche advisory is provided through a partnership between the Payette National Forest and the Payette Avalanche Center. This advisory covers the West Central Mountains between Hard Butte on the north and Council Mountain on the south. This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires at midnight on the posted day unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.