North Rockies Avalanche Forecast - March 26, 2020

Avalanche danger will steadily rise as a series of storms begin to impact the region.

Thursday

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Alpine - Moderate
Treeline - Low

Below treeline - Low

Friday

Alpine - Considerable
Treeline - Moderate

Below treeline - Low

Saturday

Alpine - Considerable

Treeline - Considerable
Below treeline - Moderate

Avalanche Summary

No new avalanches were reported over the past couple of days.

Snowpack Summary

5-15 cm of recent new snow sits on top of a variety of old surfaces including hard wind affected snow, sun crust on slopes facing the sun and a melt freeze crust at lower elevations.

At lower elevations, two surface hoar layers 50-60 cm and 75-90 cm below the surface may still be present in the northern part of the region. Warm temperatures for an extended period last week have likely had a stabilizing effect on these buried weak layers. 

Weather Forecast

THURSDAY: Overcast, strong west/northwest wind, freezing level rising to about 1500 m, 5 to 10 cm of snow possible during the day, another 5 to 10 cm possible Thursday night.

FRIDAY: Overcast, moderate to strong west/southwest wind, freezing level rising to about 1500 m, 1 to 5 cm of snow possible during the day, another 10 to 15 cm possible Friday night.

SATURDAY: Overcast, moderate to strong southwest wind, freezing level rising to about 1600 m, 10 to 25 cm of snow possible during the day with another 10 to 25 cm possible Saturday Night.

Travel and Terrain Advice

  • Watch for newly formed and reactive wind slabs as you transition into wind affected terrain.
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  • Watch for changing conditions today, storm slabs may become increasingly reactive.

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A map of the North Rockies. - Avalanche Canada image
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