It would be just another day for Bill Murray and the Groundhog. Clear sky again last night has allowed the upper snowpack to refreeze while temperatures at 11,000ft dipped to right near freezing early this morning. Wet avalanche activity has dropped off over the last week and has remained small in size. With a string of mild overnight temperatures, backcountry travelers need to keep an eye out for the potential of loose wet activity gouging deeper into the snowpack and becoming larger. Suspect areas for these potently larger loose wet avalanches would be where the snowpack thins and becomes unsupportive, near rock outcrops for example, or where you find more then 6” of wet snow.
Stay ahead of wet avalanche problems by following the sun around the compass. Start early on east facing aspects and move to south then west as the sun tracks across the sky. While your moving through the terrain, slow down and observe how wet the upper snowpack has become. If your finding more then 6” of wet snow or the snowpack is becoming unsupportive to your boots, you could be dealing with a potentially larger avalanche problem.
This is the CBAC’s last conditions update. Tomorrow morning we’ll post our end of the season spring travel advice. Keep the communication going with the rest of the community by submitting what your seeing via observations and the CBAC will keep that page updated.