Yesterday, the Northeast winds ruled the upper elevations. You can still find the affects of the wind from the weekend and the end of last week. Most of the wind transported snow has accumulated on the northerly aspects falling on older windslabs. Watch for sculpted or stiff wind board on the windward aspects and rippled, chalky or hollow feeling/sounding pillows and drifts on steep leeward aspects. You should also be aware that some of the older wind slabs may be found well below the ridgelines on leeward terrain. Practice safe travel protocols, and expose only one person at a time in wind loaded avalanche terrain.
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No new natural or human caused avalanches have been reported.
Yesterday we toured the Granite Mountain/ Twin Lakes area and found a strong snowpack on both South and North Aspects. The bitter cold North-east winds were transporting the soft snow on the surface of ridgelines. Coverage was thin, and downright spooky as my travel partner and I uncovered many rocks and logs that were just buried beneth the surface. We also got a report of some of the best coverage/skiing near Big Creeck, but a stout crust is buried 10-20 cm down from the surface that might cause future problems? The Basal facets that lie at the ground seem to be healing/rounding all around the advisory area.
No new snow was picked up overnight. Light to moderate North East winds continued to work over the high country last night and into this morning. Temperatures last night dipped to around -10 degrees in the upper elevations. The sky will be cold, clear, and sunny today with a high temperature of 16 in the upper elevations, and 14 in Long Valley. Tonight we will see a low of -12 in Long Valley, and -3 in the upper elevations. Saturday the temperatures begin to warm up as our next, and warmest storm seems to hold good amount of precipitation.
This avalanche advisory is provided through a partnership between the Payette National Forest and the Friends of 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.