We have been seeing a lot of wind and snow for multiple storm cycles that have created wind slab problems that over the last day or so have been getting covered up with the new snow under light wind influence. This will make wind slabs difficult to recognize. Shooting cracks or hollow, sculpted snow are warning signs of wind slabs.Travel cautiously in and around wind loaded avalanche terrain and corniced ridge lines.
A lot of wind and snow has glued up some of our mountains that will get a good dose of solar effect over the next day or so we hope? Without having seen much Sun, like us lately, the mountains are gonna fry, and likely shed some snow in the form of wet-loose rollerballs and point releases. Steep South and South-West slopes will be most prone to avalanches, especially in the afternoon.
PAC will issue 3 Advisories per week through the remainder of the winter as long as funding is available.
Please be aware that there are areas that are CLOSED to motorized traffic in the McCall, Goose Lake and greater West Mountains area. Just because there are tracks in some areas, does not mean they are open. Please respect all users and closures. See the Payette Winter Travel Maps for clarification. Both the East and West maps can be downloaded on the Avenza app on your phone or are available at trailheads and local shops. IT IS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO KNOW WHERE YOU ARE AND WHERE THESE CLOSURES EXIST.
Yesterday we toured the No Business and Granite Basin area. Deep, unconsolidated, punchy conditions were a challenge for our 600's. Visibility was intermittent and allowed us to see some of the ridge line just North of Council Mtn that has some sharp overhanging cornices on the NE aspect that had fresh debris from wind slabs that had ran naturally during the latest round of snow and wind. There is a lot of dry snow that came down yesterday without much wind. The new dry snow is now covering up some firm surfaces,wind slabs, and a generally punchier upside down layer that formed during Thursday's warm-up that laid down one of the 3 feet that we received in the last week.
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Boise ID
257 AM MST Mon Feb 18 2019
.SHORT TERM...Today through Wednesday...A slow-moving upper trough
will continue to support snow showers over the higher terrain of
southwest Idaho today, mainly along the ID/NV border where an
additional inch or two of new snow is expected this morning. A
Winter Weather Advisory is in effect this morning for southern
Twin Falls County and eastern Owyhee County where roads may be
slick and snow-covered. Northerly flow aloft will bring drier air
into southeast Oregon. The trough will move east tonight with a
dry northerly flow aloft across the entire area through Tuesday.
An upper trough in western Canada will spread snow into our area
Tuesday night and Wednesday as it moves into the northwestern U.S.
Snow accumulations are likely, with preliminary estimates of 1-3
inches in the valleys and 3-6 inches in the mountains.
Temperatures will continue around 10-15 degrees below normal.
.LONG TERM...Wednesday night through Monday...The low is centered
over eastern Oregon to begin the period with lingering snow
showers for all areas. Additional accumulations will be generally
less than an inch for lower valleys. Snow showers will start to
diminish by late Thursday night. A small break Friday as we sit in
between systems. The weekend system looks more and more
interesting with each new model run. Models have been in fairly
good agreement on placement for this system with long range models
showing some decent accumulations for all elevations through the
start of next week. Temperatures remain below normal for the
MSL, southwest 30-40kts.
This avalanche advisory is provided through a partnership between the Payette National Forest and the Payette Avalanche Center. This advisory covers the West Central Mountains between Hard Butte on the north and Council Mountain on the south. This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires at midnight on the posted day unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.