You may still find a few sensitive wind slabs near ridge tops or on other exposed terrain. They are getting covered with a layer of soft snow after the last few days of light accumulations but you should be able to see rounded pillows or drifts in some areas. Pay attention to changing surface conditions as you travel between different aspects.
Today marks the beginning of the next round of storms. Pay attention to changing conditions as we recieve additional snowfall and occasionally moderate winds. Check your gear and keep your eyes on your partners while your enjoy the light and dry!
Don't forget about our Winter Brain Warm up class this Friday evening at the McCall Ranger District Office. Check out the new Know Before you Go program with PAC forecasters.
We toured out from the top of Brundage Mountain Resort yesterday and found plenty of light and fluffy powder. We saw no signs of recent instabilities and could produce not even minimal activity with a few large cornice bombs. We did get several reports of triggered and observed avalanche activity from Sunday during the large storm... if you see or trigger avalanche activity please take the time to report it on our Observations page. The form is easy to fill out and you don't need to fill every box, just give us the info that you have, it helps us paint a better picture of what is happening in our advisory area.
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Today will be the first day of storms that will continue through the weekend. Temperatures will gradually decrease today with the arrival of a cold front which should allow for 2-4 additional inches of cold snow today and again tomorrow. Thursday will bring a chance for another significant precipitation event with snow totals pushing 18 inches in the upper elevations and gradually warming temperatures by the weekend. Snowlines will be hovering around 5000 ft for the main body of the precipitation on Friday and Saturday.
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.