Warm temps and sun over the weekend did a great job of warming the surface snow and the top of the snowpack. Now we are having rain fall on an already warm pack causing for the snow to become even wetter. If you are out traveling in avalanche terrain today, and the snow is wet, and you can easily sink in the sloppy snow...might be best to stay off any slopes over 30 degrees.
If you are traveling above 7,000 feet in steep terrain on the north half of the compass today you will still be able to find wind slabs of varying age and thickness. The likelyhood of triggerind one of these old slabs is decreasing, however, it is still possible.
As we pick up new snow today above 7,000 feet watch for wind transport and loading. The new snow combined with light to moderate winds will cause for new windslabs that will range from 2-10 inches thick and will be touchy to skier/snowmobile triggers.
With winter coming and going around the advisory area, now is not the time to let your guard down when traveling in the mountains. Weather changes avalanche conditions quickly and we need to remember the basics to stay safe until most all the snow is in the rivers.
If tonights forecasted snowfall comes, expecting avalanche danger to ramp up through the evening and into tomorrow.
Warm temps and sun are causing for a wet snow pack on solar aspects. Cornice failures are becoming more widespread and will continue to fail until we get a hard freeze at elevation.
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No new snow last night at any of the local recording stations and any precip that did fall came as rain below ~8,000 feet. Today winds will increase with approaching cold front. Temps will be in the high 30's to low 40's at 7,500 feet with 1-2 inches of wet snow possible above 6,500 feet. Tonight cold front will bring snow line down to 3,500 feet with 4-8 inches of new snow forecasted overnight for the mountains.
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.