CONTINENTAL DIVIDE TRAILS/TOGWOTEE PASS AREA FORECAST
Issued at 03/04/2021 06:27 Valid until: 03/04/2021 23:59
CURRENT CONDITIONS (Mountain Weather Past 24 Hours)
|At 10,400' Elevation||5 AM Temp||Max Temp||Avg Wind Dir||Avg. Wind Speed||Max Wind Gust|
|Lava||23 º F||31||South-Southwesterly||5||16|
|Location||Elevation||Snowfall/Prec.||Total Snow Depth||Total Snowfall|
|Togwotee Snotel||9,570'||0"/ 0.00||68"||238"|
|Brooks Lake Lodge||9,300'||0"/ 0.00"||56"||192"|
|Togwotee Lodge||8,300'||0"/ 0.00"||65"||203"|
Mountain Weather Forecast for Today
A low-pressure system passing to the south may bring partly cloudy skies through this morning and cloud cover is expected to decrease in the afternoon.
General Avalanche AdvisoryAs temperatures rise above freezing and snow surfaces melt, the snow could quickly transition from stable to unstable, and wet slab avalanches will be possible. Although the warming temperatures will increase the potential for triggering an avalanche, conditions are dangerous, and a person could trigger a large to very large slab avalanche, any time during the day, which will likely have deadly consequences. As sunlight and rising temperatures further weaken these slabs, they will become more sensitive and could release naturally. Below 8000 feet, avalanches are still possible but are expected to be much smaller. Conservative decision-making is essential today, and remember that even small slides can be enough to bury or kill someone.
Today's Avalanche Problems
Persistent Deep Slab
DESCRIPTIONPoor snowpack structure is widespread on Togwotee Pass, and backcountry travelers could easily trigger destructive slab avalanches on a variety of aspects and elevations. Daytime warming will increase the likelihood of triggering these slabs in sunlit terrain, and natural activity will be possible as temperatures heat up. Slab depths are likely to range between 4 and 8 feet above 8000 feet and 2 to 4 feet below 8000 feet. Use caution and remember that previous tracks are NOT a sign of stability.
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