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Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 6:48 AM
Issued by: Jason Konigsberg

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Low (1) Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.   Low (1) Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
Low (1) Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.   Low (1) Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
Low (1) Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.   Low (1) Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
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Summary

The exiting storm has left us with much cooler temperatures today, helping to alleviate any wet avalanche concerns. The only area of the zone that received any snow overnight is the Flat Tops where 2 to 4 inches has fallen. Colder temperatures and no new snow will result in generally safe avalanche conditions. Although we have a LOW (Level 1) danger rating, continue to use safe-travel practices in the backcountry including exposing only one person on a slope at a time.

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Recent Tweets

@CAIC: LOW(L1) Not much new snow and colder temps will result in generally safe avalanche conditions. Mar 24, 6:54 AM
@CAIC: MOD(L2) Transition day. Warm and windy with wet avy potential today shifting to cooler and stormier tonight. Mar 23, 7:04 AM
Weather Forecast for 11,000ft Issued Sat, Mar 25, 2017 at 4:27 AM by Mike Cooperstein Statewide Weather Forecast
  Friday Friday Night Saturday
Temperature (ºF) 34 to 39 20 to 25 25 to 30
Wind Speed (mph) 5 to 15 5 to 15 5 to 15
Wind Direction SW WSW WNW
Sky Cover Increasing Overcast Mostly Cloudy
Snow (in) 0 to 1 PM 2 to 4 0 to 2

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Fri, Mar 24, 2017 at 7:31 AM
Issued by: Jason Konigsberg Statewide Weather Forecast  

Wet avalanche issues will finally come to a halt today as colder air pours into the state. With the surface snow re-freezing, prior to new snow falling, our snowpack has "locked up" and for today we will shift back to dry avalanche issues.

Snow amounts of 2 to 4 inches, mainly in the Flat Tops, will not cause any avalanche concerns in sheltered areas. On southerly slopes in the Flat Tops, the wind may drift the new snow into slabs 8 to 10 inches thick. With slick and icy surfaces underneath, these slabs will not bond well to the older snow and will likely be sensitive to the weight of a rider. Any avalanche triggered in wind-drifted snow will be small, but these avalanches could be harmful if you are traveling in more extreme terrain. Very little snow has fallen from Steamboat north to the Wyoming border leaving us with no avalanche concerns in that part of the zone.

Looking at current satellite imagery, we will see some clearing this afternoon as the low-pressure system moves east into Kansas. Anytime we have a combination of new snow and the the strong March sun we could see some small Loose Wet avalanches. Colder air today may counteract the sun, but it is something to keep in mind while traveling in the backcountry today.

Additional small storms will roll through the state this week with minimal impacts to avalanche conditions in the Steamboat and Flat Tops zone. The pattern of a few inches of snow contributing to small Wind Slab avalanches and then a day of settled weather with warming and the possibility of small Loose Wet avalanches will continue for the next week or so. The best chance of any significant snowfall looks to be on next Tuesday morning.


  • Small Wind Slab avalanches will be your primary concern if traveling in the Flat Tops today. (full)

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Weather Observations
Station Date Time Temperature Relative Humidity Wind Speed Wind Direction Max Gust 24 Hr Snow
Bear River Sat Mar 25 4:00 AM 25 - - - - -
Steamboat Lake State Park Sat Mar 25 5:00 AM 22 92 2 57 5 0.2
Crosho Sat Mar 25 4:00 AM 28 - - - - -
Lost Dog Sat Mar 25 4:00 AM 35 - - - - -
Ripple Creek Sat Mar 25 4:00 AM 29 - - - - -
Storm Peak Observatory Sat Mar 25 4:30 AM 28 62 12 9 15 -
Trapper Lake Sat Mar 25 4:00 AM 33 - - - - -
Tower Sat Mar 25 4:00 AM 27 - - - - -
Zirkel Sat Mar 25 4:00 AM 33 - - - - -

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