Hey, it’s almost May but mother nature could care less. Check out the forecast for the West slopes of the Central Cascades of Washington: up to 7″ of new snow by tomorrow night with snow levels dropping to 2500ft. Alpental at the Summit at Snoqualmie, WA is open today and reporting the deepest lift served snow in N. America!! 178″ deep at the summit and 89″ at the base. With sun still in the forecast for next Sat. and Sun. and snow levels rising back up to around 10,000ft, we’re expecting a spectacular turn out for Alpental’s final Cinco de Mayo weekend. Be sure to join us – it’s going to be FUN! In the meantime, those planning backcountry trips, please take note of the special statement from the Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center below – it was issued this past Friday 4/26 to alert back country travelers to this potential unseasonably strong front. As of this writing, there have been no updates but do check NWAC’s site if you have plans to head out. Live to ski another day!
New storm slab on Sunday night and Monday at higher elevations above the snow level in areas with little wind. Temperature variations during storms and rapid loading of more than about an inch of snow/hour generally help form storm slab layers which are possible on various aspects. Crust layers from the warm weather this week may act as a bed surface. Watch for natural avalanche avalanches in steep terrain with little wind.
Even though snow levels should remain cool throughout the PNW on Monday with mainly cloudy skies for the west slopes and Mt. Hood, strong solar input this time of year will destablize new storm snow nonetheless during the day!
New wind slab on Sunday night and Monday on lee slopes at higher elevations above the snow level in areas with wind. This should be mainly north to southeast aspects. Watch for signs of wind transport and firmer wind affected snow.
The main snow and hence the main avalanche danger increase should be near and west of the crest on Sunday night and Monday but all areas should be affected. Again weather conditions are not expected to be significant Saturday and through the daylight hours on Sunday. This statement is meant to alert anyone with plans to be out Sunday night and Monday.