NOAA: Avalanche Warning for Idaho Today After 10-20″ of New Snow

AvyBrains | | AvalancheAvalanche
Name: Wind Slab on Titus Ridge Photo taken: December 7, 2015 Description: Wind Slab on SE aspect near treeline. Stepped down into facets near the ground.
Wind Slab on Titus Ridge
Photo taken: December 7, 2015
Description: Wind Slab on SE aspect near treeline. Stepped down into facets near the ground.

NOAA & and the Sawtooth Avalanche Center have issued an Avalanche Warning in Idaho today.  The avalanche warning is for the Soldier, Smoky, and Sawtooth mountains of Idaho.

The avalanche rating for these regions of Idaho is current “High.”  Travel in avalanche terrain is NOT recommended.  Highway 21 has been closed due to avalanche danger.

“An Avalanche Warning has been issued. The combination of heavy snowfall and wind transported snow is overwhelming a weak, early season snowpack. Widespread natural and human triggered avalanches are very likely, especially where more than 15″ of snow fell. Travel is not recommended in avalanche terrain. This warning will expire or be continued by 7:30AM Wednesday morning.” – Sawtooth Avalanche Center

RED = High avalanche danger. image: sac, today
RED = High avalanche danger. image: sac, today

AVALANCHE WARNING for IDAHO:

AVALANCHE WARNING
SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE POCATELLO ID
942 PM MST MON DEC 7 2015

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE
SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER.

THE SAWTOOTH AVALANCHE CENTER IN SUN VALLEY HAS ISSUED A
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.

* TIMING...IN EFFECT FROM 900 PM MST THIS EVENING UNTIL 730 AM MST
  WEDNESDAY.

* AFFECTED AREA...FOR THE SOLDIER...SMOKY...AND SAWTOOTH MOUNTAINS
  INCLUDING THE MOUNTAINS NEAR FAIRFIELD...GALENA SUMMIT...SMILEY
  CREEK...AND STANLEY.

* AVALANCHE DANGER...THE AVALANCHE DANGER FOR THE WARNING AREA IS
  HIGH.

* REASON... THE COMBINATION OF HEAVY SNOWFALL AND WIND BLOWN SNOW
  IS OVERLOADING A WEAK EARLY SEASON SNOWPACK. WIDESPREAD AREAS OF
  UNSTABLE SNOW EXIST. BOTH HUMAN TRIGGERED AND NATURAL AVALANCHES
  ARE LIKELY ON STEEP SNOW COVERED SLOPES AND GULLIES.
Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 7.57.20 AM
Screen Shot 2015-12-08 at 7.57.32 AM
image: sac, today
 

Related Articles

Got an opinion? Let us know...