Thursday nights storm brought colder temperatures, some 4 to 9 inches of new snow, and moderate northerly winds. The colder temperatures eliminate the wet avalanche problem from the above treeline elevation band, replaced by fresh, though possible small, Wind Slab avalanches.
Problem two for Friday is the threat for some small Wet Loose avalanches near and below treeline as an intense March sun returns. Riders could find these Loose Wet avalanches above treeline in extreme terrain around rocky cliff features too, but the primary threat to riders from these will be in the near and below treeline elevation band. Even though temperatures are not forecast to get all that warm, the March sun will have a rapid impact on the new snow. We expect the new snow to easily sheet of old snow surfaces. In general these will be small, and managed easily, unless terrain traps become involved in the outcome.
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