With another windy day in the upper elevations wind slabs are our number one concern. Depending on location, you can find a few different generations of wind slabs that have developed over the last few days. The most suspect slopes today will be the ones with any north facing tilt due to the wind being primarily out of the south throughout this storm and again today. However, yesterday I saw wind loading and slab development on east aspects as well. As usual with wind, it is variable and be on the lookout for clues of wind loading on all slope in the upper elevations.
Winds from Granite Moutain weather station below. Notice gusts mid day yesterday.
Over the last 24 hours we have gotten 2 to 10 inches of snow and today we will see another 3 to 10 inches of snow depending on location and elevations. Totals around the advisory area are nearing 20 inches over the last 48 hours. In areas that were sheltered from the wind expect to find storm slabs again today. These storm slabs will be quite tender and easy to trigger, especially on steep slopes. The bond is getting better between saturday's snow and the crust below, however, the interface between the different storm layers has now become our primary concern with the storm slab problem.
Play it safe today and stick to low angle slopes and meadows and enjoy the powder.
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We had a report from local guides yesterday of natural storm slab avalanches on northwest aspects at around 7,000 feet on Double North. These naturals were failing on 38 degree slopes and ran 150 feet with a crown of appox. 1 foot. On Slab Butte these same guides were able to get slabs to release 10-12 inches deep on steep roll overs with ski cuts on west aspects.
In the southern portion of the advisory area Tamarack Ski Patrol reported very small avalanche activity during morning avalanche mitigation. However, later in the day, wind slabs began to develop on northeast facing terrain due to winds out of the southwest.
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This avalanche advisory is provided through a partnership between the Payette National Forest and the Payette Avalanche Center. This advisory covers the West Central Mountains between Hard Butte on the north and Council Mountain on the south. This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires at midnight on the posted day unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.