No new natural or human triggered avalanches have been observed or reported.
Old, persistent weak layers in the snowpack still exist, but are generally unreactive at this time. Triggering a slab avalanche is unlikely, but not impossible.
On leeward aspects along ridgelines and cross loaded features, a hard 2-10″ thick slab has been deposited by last weekend’s winds. This slab can be found sitting on loose, faceted snow. It may be possible to trigger a small avalanche on this layer, especially on steep, unsupported slopes in isolated areas. While triggering an avalanche is unlikely, small avalanches may have the ability to carry or wash you into secondary hazards, such as rocks and cliffs, quickly compounding the hazard.
Let’s continue to remind ourselves of a few simple safety protocols for backcountry travel which can increase our level of safety while in avalanche terrain. Always carry on our persons, and know how to use, a beacon, shovel and probe, avoid terrain traps, ski and ride one at a time, and spot our partners.
Old, weak layers in our snowpack are unreactive right now, but could be reactivated with a new load. If the pattern shift in the weather brings snow to Hatcher Pass, avalanche danger will rise relative to new snowfall amounts.
Weather at 3450′ since Saturday 1/19:
Temperatures averaged 22°F, with a low of 11°F and a high of 34°F.
There has been a trace of new precipitation.
Weather at 4500′ since Saturday 1/19:
Temperatures averaged 19°F, with a low of 9°F and a high of 27°F.
Winds averaged SE 7 mph, max 20 mph. Gusts averaged SE 13 mph, max gust 40 mph.
Stay tuned to the NOAA point forecast for an updated weather forecast each day. The best way to see if it’s snowing in Hatcher Pass is to look at the webcam snow stake HERE and the Independence Mine SNOTEL site HERE
State Parks Snow Report and Motorized Access information can be found here.