Avalanche Warning Issued For Mt. Washington, NH Area | Including Tuckerman Ravine

Chris Wallner | BackcountryBackcountry
Avalanche dangers in NH. Image: US Avalanche Center

Recent heavy snowfall and extreme winds are teaming up to create dangerous snow conditions in New Hampshire. 24″ of snow recently fell near Tuckerman Ravine along with 70-100 mph winds that will hit the area today. These factors have the ability to create trigger avalanches that may run out into flat terrain. The Avalanche Warning is in effect until Midnight Monday. Stay off backcountry terrain in the area and out from under any avalanche-prone terrain.

Avalanche warnings. Image: US Avalanche Center

Tuckerman Ravine Avalanche Warning:

Avalanche Warning

NHZ002-140500-

BULLETIN - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING
FOREST SERVICE MOUNT WASHINGTON AVALANCHE CENTER, GORHAM NH
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE GRAY ME
1126 AM EST SUN FEB 12 2017

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST
SERVICE MOUNT WASHINGTON AVALANCHE CENTER, GORHAM NH.

THE US FOREST SERVICE MOUNT WASHINGTON AVALANCHE CENTER HAS
ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.

* TIMING...IN EFFECT FROM MIDNIGHT TONIGHT TO MIDNIGHT MONDAY.

* AFFECTED AREA...THE CUTLER RIVER DRAINAGE ON THE EAST SIDE OF
  MOUNT WASHINGTON INCLUDING FORECAST AREAS IN TUCKERMAN AND
  HUNTINGTON RAVINES. WARNING CRITERIA MAY BE MET IN OTHER AREAS
  OUTSIDE THOSE FORECAST BY THE AVALANCHE CENTER.

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER FOR THE WARNING AREA
  WILL RISE TO HIGH AND POSSIBLY EXTREME.

* REASON/IMPACTS...UP TO 24 INCHES OF NEW SNOW COMBINED WITH
  70-100 MPH WINDS WILL CREATE LARGE AVALANCHES IN MANY AREAS
  CAPABLE OF RUNNING ONTO FLAT TERRAIN.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
STAY OFF OF...AND OUT FROM UNDERNEATH...STEEP SLOPES. AVALANCHES
MAY RUN LONG DISTANCES INTO FLAT TERRAIN AND COULD RUN INTO MATURE
FORESTS.

TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED.

SIMILAR AVALANCHE DANGER MAY EXIST AT LOCATIONS OUTSIDE THE
COVERAGE AREA OF THIS OR ANY AVALANCHE CENTER.

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