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Mt Hood

Issued: 7:01 PM PST Tuesday, March 6, 2018
by Dennis D'Amico

Watch for generally shallow recent wind slabs on mostly easterly aspects near and above treeline. Avoid these avalanches by staying off of snow drifts, deeply pillowed features, and fresh cornices on leeward slopes 35 degrees and steeper. Small loose wet avalanches are possible on Wednesday on steep solar slopes and below treeline.

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Forecast for Wednesday:

Watch for generally shallow recent wind slabs on mostly easterly aspects near and above treeline. Avoid these avalanches by staying off of snow drifts, deeply pillowed features, and fresh cornices on leeward slopes 35 degrees and steeper.

Small loose wet avalanches are possible on Wednesday on steep solar slopes and below treeline. Avoid steep sunny slopes near terrain traps if the surface snow becomes moist and watch for signs of natural pinwheeling and rollerballing as a clear signal to change aspects. 

Avalanche Summary:

Small loose wet avalanches likely occurred Tuesday on steep sunny aspects.

Mt. Hood received 3" of new snow Sunday night through Monday morning and west winds were transporting snow onto lee slopes (mostly easterly aspects) forming shallow wind slabs about 8" deep that were not particularly reactive. The sun also came out on Monday, warming snow on sun-exposed aspects and creating small loose wet avalanches below treeline.

A few inches of snow fell during the day Thursday 3/1, followed on the heels of about 8-10 inches of snow that was deposited Wednesday night 2/28. Strong, mostly SSW winds accompanied Wednesday night's snowfall. A variety of snow conditions exist within the upper snowpack, ranging from sandwiches of soft snow with several crusts on shaded aspects with a multitude of crusts existing on sun-exposed aspects. Wind affected snow and unconsolidated surface snow can be found in shaded sheltered areas.

In many locations more than 3’ of snow now sits on a firm buried crust layer (2/17). This crust has been reported up to 6600’ by professionals in the region. There are currently no significant layers of concern below the 2/17 crust.

Observations

NWAC pro-observer Laura Green was in Mitchell Creek Monday and observed active wind loading occurring near and above treeline. No new or recent avalanches were observed.

On Monday, Mt. Hood Meadows Pro Patrol reported west winds transporting snow, 8" of new and generally non-reactive wind slab on lee aspects limited to E facing slopes. Winds eased mid-day. Small loose wet avalanches occurred on solar, especially below treeline.

On Sunday, an avalanche professional reported no avalanches and no cracking or whumphing observed in the Salmon River Canyon. A test pit at 6200' on a NE aspect indicated right-side up, low-density snow in the upper 12" of snow, with a very thin crust in the upper snowpack and a more significant crust down 1.5'. 

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