Head’s Up Hatcher Pass! Winter is not over yet….
Hatcher Pass received 24″ of new snow overnight above 3000′ and approx 12″ of new snow at low elevation, combined with moderate wind gusts SSE 10-19 mph for several hours at upper elevation.
The avalanche problems for today are Storm Slab, Wind Slab, and Dry Loose.
The avalanche danger will be CONSIDERABLE today at mid and upper elevation, on all aspects, on slopes above 30º. Prior to the storm, surface hoar, near surface facets, and crusts blanketed the landscape. New snow will likely not bond well to these pre-existing snow surfaces and contribute to the avalanche problem.
Snow falling on a mix of ground and snow surfaces with less overall new snow will mean smaller avalanches are expected in the lower elevations with MODERATE danger for storm slabs and dry loose avalanches, on slopes 35º and steeper.