Avalanche Advisory Archive Pre-2016

Date Issued:2016-03-03
Danger:1
Trend:3
Probability:2
Size:1
Problem:6
Discussion:

The National Weather Service Forecasts-

TODAY...LOCALLY WINDY IN THE MORNING. INCREASING CLOUDS. LIGHT
SNOW IN THE AFTERNOON. LITTLE TO NO SNOW ACCUMULATION. HIGHS
35 TO 42. LIGHT WINDS. NEAR DOWNTOWN JUNEAU NORTHEAST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS AROUND 40 MPH IN THE MORNING... DIMINISHING IN THE AFTERNOON.

TONIGHT...MOSTLY CLOUDY. ISOLATED SNOW AND RAIN SHOWERS IN THE
EVENING. LOWS AROUND 33. LIGHT WINDS. NEAR DOWNTOWN JUNEAU EAST
WIND 10 MPH BECOMING NORTHEAST TO 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH LATE.

FRIDAY...SCATTERED RAIN SHOWERS AND SNOW SHOWERS IN THE
MORNING...THEN RAIN LIKELY IN THE AFTERNOON. LITTLE OR NO SNOW
ACCUMULATION. SNOW LEVEL 1200 FEET IN THE AFTERNOON. HIGHS AROUND 39. EAST WIND 10 MPH. NEAR DOWNTOWN JUNEAU AND DOUGLAS...NORTHEAST WIND 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 35 MPH DIMINISHING IN THE AFTERNOON.

Currently the Mt Roberts Tram is 31f after a high of 36f yesterday. Eaglecrest is 33f at the bottom, 30f at mid mountain and 27f on top. Yesterdays mid mountain high was only 36f.

Winds remain considerable with Eaglecrest blowing NE15-25 gusting into the 30's. The tram has stronger winds with NE20-30, gusting to 40. It is also a little sheltered compared to ridge top winds from the current NE Direction.

Temperatures have been cool and we have received no precipitation for the last 48+ hours. Currently the snowpack is quite stable. Avalanche danger is LOW at this time.

We do have some shallow wind slabs that have formed on the southern aspects but those are mostly small slabs.

The forecast for today calls for cool temperatures, clouds, and continued winds. This should minimize the solar effect and limit point release activity we have seen a little of over the last 2 days.

COME ON SNOW!

If we see any significant snow look to see how bonding goes between the new and old snow layers. Precip volumes are low and not expected to deliver much.

Tip:

Traveling safely through avalanche terrain takes thought, practice, and skill. Decisions must be based on objective information ?

Is the slope steep enough to avalanche?
Is there an avalanche problem?
What are the consequences if the slope slides?

Make Your Own Decisions

Limit your exposure ...

good travel practices and terrain management are fundamental...

even when the perceived avalanche hazard is low

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