Bridger Teton Backcountry Avalanche Forecast Center Bridger Teton Avalanche Center
CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAILS/TOGWOTEE PASS NOWCAST
Issued at 03/01/2015 06:23     Valid until: 03/01/2015 23:59

CURRENT CONDITIONS (Mountain Weather Past 24 Hours)

At 10,400' Elevation: 5 AM Temp: 1 º F Max Temp: 16 Avg Wind Direction: East-Northeasterly Avg. Wind Speed: 5 Max Wind Gust: 13
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Location Snowfall/Prec. Total Snow Depth Total Snowfall
At 9,570' Elevation (Togwotee Snotel) 0"/ 0.00 65" 222"
At 9,300' Elevation (Brooks Lake Lodge) 0"/ 0.00 47" 188"
At 8,300' Elevation (Togwotee Lodge) 0"/ 0.00" 58" 177"

Mountain Weather Forecast for Today

Mostly sunny skies
Temperature Forecast for 8,000´-9,000´: Rising into the teens and 20s
Ridge Top Wind Forecast for 10,000´: Light and variable
Snowfall Expected Next 24 Hours: 0

GENERAL AVALANCHE ADVISORY

Above an elevation of 8,500 feet, skiers and riders have a chance to trigger isolated pockets of surface slab with depths of six to eighteen inches as well as a slight chance to trigger older and larger slabs where deep instabilities persist in the snowpack. On Friday a snowmobile triggered and outran a large slab avalanche with a forty inch crown on a north facing slope near Grouse mountain. Avalanches are unlikely below an elevation of 8500 feet.

TODAY'S AVALANCHE PROBLEMS View problem definitions

Persistent Slab  
TYPE
ASPECT/ELEVATION
CHARACTERISTICS
Avalanche problem rose
LIKELIHOOD
Certain
Very Likely
Likely
Possible
Unlikely
SIZE
Historic
Very Large
Large
Small
TREND
Steady trend

DESCRIPTION

Layers of buried faceted snow persist in the snowpack. Although unlikely, the chance persists for humans to trigger large hard slab avalanches with depths that could reach over three feet upon the deepest of these layers. Areas where these weaknesses may be found are steep avalanche paths that have not seen much traffic throughout the season, particularly those with northerly aspects. Larger triggers such as snowmobiles or groups of skiers may be necessary to initiate failure of these slabs.
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