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.
Tuckerman Ravine 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.