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Avalanche Danger Rose: this graphic represents an avalanche forecaster's idea of how the avalanche danger exists across the topography in a given region. It is not a map...it is an idea. Picture it as a cone-shaped mountain viewed from above, built of three elevation bands; the outer ring represents low elevations, the middle ring represents middle elevations, and the innermost circle represents high elevations. Each elevation band is divided into sectors that represent the slope aspect (N-NE-E-SE-S-SW-W-NW). Each sector\'s color represents the avalanche danger rating assigned that day (see Avalanche Danger Scale).

In this example, the Avalanche Danger Rose depicts an avalanche danger rating of considerable on all high elevation aspects and on north to west-facing mid elevations; all other sectors possess moderate avalanche danger. The illustration depicts the spatial distribution of this forecast across a landscape.
X Normal Caution: Natural and human triggered avalanches are unlikely. Continue to use safe travel techniques and carry avalanche rescue gear.
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Avalanche Problem Rose: this graphic represents an avalanche forecaster's idea of the distribution of a particular avalanche problem across the topography in a given region. Picture it as a cone-shaped mountain viewed from above, built of three elevation bands; the outer ring represents low elevations, the middle ring represents middle elevations, and the innermost circle represents high elevations. Each elevation band is divided into sectors that represent the slope aspect (N-NE-E-SE-S-SW-W-NW). Sectors colored grey are thought to have the identified avalanche problem while white sectors do not.

In this example, the Avalanche Problem Rose indicates that a particular avalanche concern exists on all high elevation aspects and on north to west-facing mid elevations and that this concern is far less likely to be encountered on other aspects and elevations.
X Chance of Avalanches: This graphic depicts how likely you are to trigger avalanches or encounter natural avalanches while traveling on avalanche prone slopes. Unlikely means that few avalanches could be triggered in avalanche terrain and natural avalanches are not expected. The chance of triggering or observing avalanches increases as we move up the scale. Certain means that humans will be able to trigger avalanches on many slopes, and natural avalanches should be expected.
X Size of Avalanches: This graphic depicts the potential size and destructive force of expected avalanches. Small avalanches are not large enough to bury humans and are relatively harmless unless they carry people over cliffs or through trees or rocks. Moving up the scale, avalanches become large enough to bury, injure, or kill people, large enough to bury or destroy vehicles and break a few trees, and large enough to destroy railway cars, buildings, or a substantial amount of forest. Historic avalanches are massive events capable of destroying villages and gouging or altering the landscape.
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LOW: Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

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MODERATE: Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

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CONSIDERABLE: Dangerous avalanche conditions. Careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding and conservative decision-making essential.

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HIGH: Very dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

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EXTREME: Avoid all avalanche terrain.

Current Advisory
Monday March 27, 2017 7:30 am by Ethan Davis

All Zones | Sawtooth Mountains | Smoky & Boulder Mountains | Wood River Valley | Soldier Mountains

Wood River Valley

Bottom Line: The avalanche danger is LOW. Pockets of small wind slab may be found in isolated exposed terrain. These slabs are most likely in the Pioneer Mountain alpine and along the Smoky Mountain Crest. Prolonged sun this afternoon may peel off small loose wet avalanches on very steep, sunny slopes.

Primary Avalanche Problem

Normal Caution   

Aspect/Elevation   

Certain
Unlikely

Chance of Avalanches   

Historic
Small

Size of Avalanches   

Today there are two potential avalanche problems to keep in your mind as you head out. First, small isolated wind slabs are possible on very steep slopes in the alpine. With little recent snow, you’ll have to find the perfect terrain capable of building a slab of consequence, but these pockets of slab do exist. Second, the few inches of fresh snow that fell last night and this morning may provide ammo for small loose wet avalanches by this afternoon. Wind and cool temperatures may keep upper elevations dry, but the few inches of fresh snow that fell at middle elevations may quickly turn wet and release naturally on very steep, sunny slopes.

Additional Discussion: Cornices have grown impressively large this year. Many are dozens of feet tall and protrude far out from ridgelines. It’s nearly impossible to predict how far back onto ridges cornices can break - walking on rocks when traveling along ridgelines is really your only safe bet to eliminate this hazard from the equation.

Weather Forecast

Last Night
5PM - 5AM

Today
5AM - 5PM

Tonight
5PM - 5AM

Temperature

22 F 30 F 19 F

Cloud Cover

Mostly Cloudy Decreasing Partly Cloudy

Ridgetop Wind Speed

Moderate Light Moderate

Wind Direction

S SW NW

Snowfall

24hr: 1-2" 12hr: 1-2"
1-2" 0"

Avalanche Notes

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Mountain Weather Summary

Yesterday began clear and sunny before clouds rolled in around noon. Daytime high temperatures reached into the low 30s F and wind blew light to moderate from the west and south. Overnight, temperatures dipped to near 20 F and wind blew light to moderate from the southwest. A few bouts of valley rain and mountain snow passed through late last night before a broad band of precipitation arrived early this morning blanketing the advisory area with 1-3” by 5 a.m. this morning.

A upper-level low pressure system will deepen as it passes overhead today sending a large batch of moisture to our south and a bit to our north. We are left in the middle, but should pick up a couple more inches this morning ending with a cold front passage midday. This morning, the rain line hangs at about 6,000’ in the Wood River Valley and an estimated 6,500’ in the Stanley Basin. Rain/snow showers will continue in the early morning hours and diminish from west to east. Any additional snow accumulations this morning should fall in the 1-4” range. Following the frontal passage, wind speeds will increase and shift to the northwest. This afternoon, clouds decrease as high-pressure nudges in for Tuesday.

Sawtooth Mountains

Last Night
5PM - 5AM

Today
5AM - 5PM

Tonight
5PM - 5AM

Temperature

20 F 28 F 15 F

Cloud Cover

Mostly Cloudy Decreasing Partly Cloudy

Ridgetop Wind Speed

Light Light Moderate

Wind Direction

S SW NW

Snowfall

24hr: 1-3" 12hr: 1-3"
1-4" 0"

Smoky & Boulder Mountains

Last Night
5PM - 5AM

Today
5AM - 5PM

Tonight
5PM - 5AM

Temperature

22 F 26 F 15 F

Cloud Cover

Mostly Cloudy Decreasing Partly Cloudy

Ridgetop Wind Speed

Light Light Moderate

Wind Direction

S SW NW

Snowfall

24hr: 1-3" 12hr: 1-3"
1-4" 0"
           

Wood River Valley

Last Night
5PM - 5AM

Today
5AM - 5PM

Tonight
5PM - 5AM

Temperature

22 F 30 F 19 F

Cloud Cover

Mostly Cloudy Decreasing Partly Cloudy

Ridgetop Wind Speed

Moderate Light Moderate

Wind Direction

S SW NW

Snowfall

24hr: 1-2" 12hr: 1-2"
1-2" 0"
   

Soldier Mountains

Last Night
5PM - 5AM

Today
5AM - 5PM

Tonight
5PM - 5AM

Temperature

24 F 24 F 18 F

Cloud Cover

Mostly Cloudy Decreasing Partly Cloudy

Ridgetop Wind Speed

Moderate Moderate Strong

Wind Direction

S W NW

Snowfall

24hr: 1-3" 12hr: 1-3"
1-2" 0"
           

General Information