Avalanche Advisory Archive Pre-2016
The National Weather Service Forecasts
TODAY...RAIN IN THE MORNING...THEN RAIN SHOWERS IN THE
TONIGHT...RAIN SHOWERS. LOWS AROUND 36. SOUTHEAST WIND 10 MPH.
SATURDAY...CLOUDY. CHANCE OF RAIN SHOWERS IN THE MORNING. THEN CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS AROUND 43. NORTH WIND 10 TO 20 MPH.
Temperatures remain quite warm around the region. Mt Roberts Tram Summit and Mid Mountain at Eaglecrest both had a high temperature of 39f yesterday. Currently its 37f at the Tram. Eaglecrest is 35 on top, 36 mid mountain, and 39 in the base area.
Yesterday we did not receive quite the forecast precipitation totals but still had considerable rainfall. The tram picked up 14.7mm of precipitation and lost 4cm of snowpack while Eaglecrest only picked up 11.7mm of precipitation they lost 7cm of snowpack.
These warm temperatures, warm winds, and driving rains really erode the snowpack rapidly.
Temperatures have been above freezing for two days at tram summit and have only been below freezing for short periods of time over the last week.
Avalanche danger is MODERATE today. Natural avalanches are possible today on steep open faces with fewer anchors. Beware of snowpack on rock slabs and convex rolls. These may becoming weak in places.
Also be aware of areas of continued glide. Although hard to predict those areas are unstable and should be avoided.
Human triggered wet loose avalanches are also a concern at upper elevations.
With a decrease in precip rates mid day danger should remain the same for the most part and not continue to increase with these very warm temps.
Slides are not forecast to be large enough to effect the urban environment.
Here is a link to an interesting snowmobile safety video. Enjoy.
LIVE TO RIDE ANOTHER DAY!
Eaglecrest is hosting an Backcountry Safety Awareness and Companion Rescue Course Saturday March 5th from 8:30am-3:30pm.
This course is free and sponsored by the Department of Public Safety.
During this day long course you will learn about avalanche terrain, weather, and stability assessment tests. You will also learn about Avalanche Rescue as well as transceiver, probe and shovel use.
Please share this offering with your friends. Lets all do out part to maintain a safe backcountry community.
For more information or to sign up please email Tom.Mattice@juneau.org