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Central Oregon Avalanche Association – Observations

Information provided by Central Oregon Avalanche Association.
Date Title/Location Report Type Position Reporter(s)
Sat, Apr 22, 2017 - 8:46 PM Ball Butte/Todd Lake tour  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Fri, Apr 21, 2017 - 8:42 PM Wind Slabs yesterday / Warming today  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Sun, Apr 16, 2017 - 1:36 PM Slide on Broken Top/Bend Glacier  
Broken Top Area
Avalanche Activity Public Noah
Fri, Apr 14, 2017 - 5:37 PM Todd Ridge/Soda Peak conditions  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 - 10:47 PM Winter to Spring  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Jonas
Thu, Apr 13, 2017 - 5:35 PM Nice Refresh on Tumalo  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Tue, Apr 11, 2017 - 7:15 AM Avalanche Activity Tam Rim  
Tam Rim Area
Avalanche Activity Public Hans
Mon, Apr 10, 2017 - 3:56 PM Tumalo Bowl  
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions
Avalanche Activity
Public Damon Runberg
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 - 9:29 PM Todd Ridge Conditions  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Fri, Apr 7, 2017 - 5:21 PM Tumalo tour conditions  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Tue, Apr 4, 2017 - 9:42 PM Melt / Freeze  
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Jonas
Fri, Mar 31, 2017 - 6:10 PM Tumalo tour conditions  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Thu, Mar 30, 2017 - 10:50 PM North Winds..  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Jonas
Mon, Mar 27, 2017 - 10:29 AM Tumalo Tour in new snow  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Mike Maurer
Sat, Mar 25, 2017 - 6:34 PM Avalanche Soda Peak  
Three Sisters Area
Avalanche Activity Public Dan Noakes
Fri, Mar 24, 2017 - 8:16 PM Todd Ridge Storm Conditions  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Thu, Mar 23, 2017 - 7:43 PM Wind Slabs to build above Treeline  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Jonas
Wed, Mar 22, 2017 - 12:43 PM Tumalo tour  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Mon, Mar 20, 2017 - 9:05 AM Large Cornice's looming  
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions
Avalanche Activity
Public Morgan Lipscomb
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 - 8:55 PM Todd Ridge  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions
Avalanche Activity
Public Anonymous
Sun, Mar 19, 2017 - 8:42 AM Hayrick Butte Observations  
Mt. Jefferson Area
Snow Conditions
No Avalanche Activity
Pro Observer Mike Maurer
Thu, Mar 16, 2017 - 3:35 PM Tumalo tour conditions  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Wed, Mar 15, 2017 - 1:59 PM Tam Rim Snow Profile  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Tue, Mar 14, 2017 - 10:00 PM Warm Weather Pattern  
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Jonas
Sun, Mar 12, 2017 - 1:26 PM Backcountry Snomo Report  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Mike Maurer
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 - 6:47 PM Tumalo tour conditions  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Fri, Mar 10, 2017 - 6:46 PM Tumalo tour conditions  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Thu, Mar 9, 2017 - 2:32 PM WET!  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Mon, Mar 6, 2017 - 1:38 PM Hazard to rise midweek  
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Jonas
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 - 9:05 PM Soda Peak  
Snow Conditions
Avalanche Activity
Public Noah
Sat, Mar 4, 2017 - 5:21 PM Tam Rim Snomo Report  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions
No Avalanche Activity
Pro Observer Mike Maurer
Thu, Mar 2, 2017 - 7:06 AM Ball Butte Conditions  
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 - 8:11 PM Windy Morning on Tumalo  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Wed, Mar 1, 2017 - 7:14 PM Broken top conditions  
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Public Rad
Mon, Feb 27, 2017 - 11:04 PM Todd Lake Obs  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Public Lindsey Clark, Lucas Novak
Mon, Feb 27, 2017 - 7:31 PM Weekly Profile  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Jonas
Mon, Feb 27, 2017 - 2:36 PM Mt. Washington, Northwest Bowl  
McKenzie Pass Area (Black Crater, Belknap, Washington)
Snow Conditions Public Andrew, Iryna, and Abe
Sat, Feb 25, 2017 - 4:58 PM Potato Hill, North Aspect  
Santiam Pass Area (including Three Finger Jack)
Snow Conditions Public Brit Laurenti
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 - 10:00 PM Conditions from Todd Ridge up onto Broken Top Plateau  
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Fri, Feb 24, 2017 - 8:40 PM Tumalo Conditions and Snow Profile  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Thu, Feb 23, 2017 - 6:55 AM Tumalo Observations  
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions
Avalanche Activity
Public Jeremy G
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 - 9:43 PM Wind Slabs on N-E  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Jonas
Wed, Feb 22, 2017 - 1:05 PM Tumalo wind effects  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Mike Maurer
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 - 7:50 PM Storm Slab at Todd Ridge  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions
Avalanche Activity
Pro Observer Gabe
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 - 7:08 PM Avalanche Activity at Tam Rim  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions
Avalanche Activity
Public Brian Ladd
Tue, Feb 21, 2017 - 10:48 AM Avalanche activity in Three Sisters Wilderness  
Three Sisters Area
Avalanche Activity Public Rex Shepard
Sun, Feb 19, 2017 - 6:14 PM Paulina Sled report  
Newberry Crater Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Mike Maurer
Sun, Feb 19, 2017 - 6:01 PM Observations near the Santiam Pass  
Santiam Pass Area (including Three Finger Jack)
Snow Conditions Public Alli Miles
Fri, Feb 17, 2017 - 5:28 PM Todd Ridge/Soda Peak conditions  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Fri, Feb 17, 2017 - 4:55 PM Repeat of last week  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe

NWS Forecast for Mt. Bachelor

Forecast information provided by the National Weather Service.
Current conditions at

Wanoga Butte (HWY 372 MP 17) (ODT31)

Lat: 43.98287°NLon: 121.58095°WElev: 6000ft.

NA

37°F

3°C

Humidity 91%
Wind Speed NW 22 MPH
Barometer NA
Dewpoint 35°F (2°C)
Visibility NA
Wind Chill 26°F (-3°C)
Last update 25 Apr 10:40 pm PDT
Extended Forecast for

Mount Bachelor OR

  • Tonight

    Tonight: Snow.  Low around 27. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 32 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total nighttime snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.

    Snow and
    Windy

    Low: 27 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Snow before noon, then snow showers after noon.  High near 32. Breezy, with a west wind 23 to 28 mph, with gusts as high as 39 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

    Snow and
    Breezy

    High: 32 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: A 40 percent chance of snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 20. Windy, with a west wind 25 to 31 mph, with gusts as high as 44 mph.

    Chance Snow
    Showers and
    Windy

    Low: 20 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Snow showers likely, mainly after noon.  Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28. Breezy, with a west wind 22 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Snow Showers
    Likely and
    Breezy

    High: 28 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: A 50 percent chance of snow showers.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 23. Breezy, with a west wind 16 to 25 mph, with gusts as high as 36 mph.  New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.

    Chance Snow
    Showers and
    Breezy

    Low: 23 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: A chance of snow showers, mainly before noon.  Mostly sunny, with a high near 31.

    Chance Snow
    Showers

    High: 31 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Mostly clear, with a low around 23.

    Mostly Clear

    Low: 23 °F

  • Saturday

    Saturday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 45.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 45 °F

  • Saturday
    Night

    Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 29.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 29 °F

For the full report see the NWS Mt. Bachelor forecast

Mt. Bachelor Conditions

Condition information provided by Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.

Mid Mountain Snowfall

Snowfall measured at 7,300' near the top of the Sunrise Express lift

0"
since 6am today
6"
24 Hour
17"
3 Day
22"
7 Day
583"
snowfall since Oct 1
177"
Snow Depth

West Village Base Snow Fall

Snowfall measured at 6,300' near the bottom of the Sunshine Accelerator lift

0"
since 6am today
6"
24 Hour
16"
3 Day
21"
7 Day
559"
snowfall since Oct 1
132"
Snow Depth

Live Temperatures

27°
Summit 9,000'
30°
Mid-mountain 7,775'
32°
Base Area 6,300'

Mt. Bachelor Telemetry

Condition information provided by Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.

Mt Bachelor previous 24hr weather report

For range April 24, 2017 11:10 PM PST to April 25, 2017 11:10 PM PST.

Date and time 6300' Base Depth 6300' Base Temp 7285' Sunrise Temp 7800' Pine Temp 8000' Northwest Temp 9000' Summit Temp Base RH Pine RH Summit RH Sunrise Wind Avg Sunrise Wind Max Sunrise Wind Dir Pine Wind Avg Pine Wind Max Pine Wind Dir Northwest Wind Avg Northwest Wind Max Northwest Wind Dir Summit Wind Avg Summit Wind Max Summit Wind Dir
Apr 25, 2017 11:00 PM 131.5 31.5 0 n/a n/a n/a 100 n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a n/a
Apr 25, 2017 10:00 PM 131.6 31.36 31.8 30.32 29.1 27.22 100 100 97 24 41 276 44 63 283 66 84 259 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 09:00 PM 131.7 31.14 31.56 30.09 28.86 27.05 100 100 97 20 46 270 41 59 281 67 83 259 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 08:00 PM 131.8 30.96 23.58 29.82 28.56 26.98 100 100 97 19 45 n/a 40 60 283 69 87 255 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 07:00 PM 131.8 30.89 31.46 29.59 28.24 26.86 100 100 96 27 48 262 42 55 279 67 85 256 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 06:00 PM 131.8 31.02 31.57 29.4 27.86 26.62 100 100 95 30 55 252 38 49 278 69 92 251 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 05:00 PM 132 31.25 31.55 29.23 27.39 26.29 100 100 94 30 60 248 33 45 277 62 78 247 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 04:00 PM 132.2 31.55 31.73 29.04 26.8 26.19 100 100 93 26 46 238 28 43 258 54 66 242 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 03:00 PM 132 31.53 31.91 28.67 26.16 25.81 100 100 92 20 42 226 26 40 259 49 62 239 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 02:00 PM 130.9 31.61 32.11 28.86 25.7 25.47 100 100 90 17 31 228 21 37 251 36 51 236 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 01:00 PM 131.9 31.38 30.58 27.47 24.17 23.25 100 100 91 16 27 243 18 32 266 28 39 220 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 12:00 PM 132.2 31.16 30.04 26.44 23.06 22.11 100 100 89 17 32 230 18 32 241 20 30 210 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 11:00 AM 132.4 30.97 26.94 23.23 20.73 21.37 100 100 78 22 29 232 26 38 243 21 30 216 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 10:00 AM 132.4 30.7 27.62 22 19.2 22.12 100 98 60 9 26 233 27 37 232 14 21 213 0 0 n/a
Apr 25, 2017 09:00 AM 132.4 28.55 27.59 22.58 20.15 21.02 100 99 71 9 20 147 20 28 240 15 22 197 0 0 n/a
Apr 25, 2017 08:00 AM 132.6 25.52 24.16 20.51 18.68 22.13 100 99 59 18 29 258 16 26 240 14 21 227 0 0 n/a
Apr 25, 2017 07:00 AM 132.7 22.03 22.23 19.84 17.19 23.52 95 99 82 20 30 268 16 29 261 14 27 238 0 0 n/a
Apr 25, 2017 06:00 AM 132.8 22.05 18.96 19.15 16.29 21.03 92 99 92 11 19 271 10 27 245 3 11 222 0 0 n/a
Apr 25, 2017 05:00 AM 132.9 23.9 19.93 18.55 16.69 19.39 96 99 91 22 35 265 14 27 253 2 15 202 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 04:00 AM 132.8 23.44 20.21 18.58 16.42 19.55 96 99 88 30 41 272 16 28 249 8 18 201 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 03:00 AM 133.1 23.26 20.05 19.13 17.33 19.42 96 99 94 30 45 276 20 30 254 19 36 207 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 02:00 AM 133 23.56 20.9 20.08 18.31 19.21 96 99 94 34 46 268 26 34 269 27 40 234 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 01:00 AM 133.1 25.02 21.69 20.56 18.82 18.7 97 99 94 40 55 283 33 42 270 33 63 234 0 0 0
Apr 25, 2017 12:00 AM 132.8 26.16 21.99 20.85 18.95 19.16 97 100 94 30 44 288 27 38 274 34 51 241 0 0 0
Apr 24, 2017 11:15 PM 132.3 25.73 22.33 21.19 19.22 19.19 97 100 94 22 36 292 30 41 279 46 67 255 0 0 0

Northwest Weather & Avalanche Center

Forecast information provided by Northwest Weather and Avalanche Center.
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Mt Hood

Avalanche Special Advisory i

Issued: Tue, April 25, 2017 at 6:00 PM PST
Expires: Wed, April 26, 2017 at 6:00 PM PST

Issued: 6:00 PM PST Tuesday, April 25, 2017
by Garth Ferber

NWAC avalanche forecasts apply to backcountry avalanche terrain in the Olympics, Washington Cascades and Mt Hood area. These forecasts do not apply to developed ski areas, avalanche terrain affecting highways and higher terrain on the volcanic peaks above the Cascade crest level.

NWAC Spring Forecast Schedule

The NWAC issued daily mountain weather and avalanche forecasts through Saturday, April 15th. Mountain weather and avalanche forecasts will be issued during the spring transition April 20-22nd and April 27-29th. Weekend outlooks will be issued Thursdays, May 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th.

Special advisories, watches and warnings will be issued throughout the spring for unusual or dangerous avalanche conditions. You can find out what constitutes a special advisory, watch or warning here.

New snow can be particularly sensitive after spring storms. And there has been a lot of recent snow in the south Cascades and especially at Mt Hood. Very dangerous avalanche conditions are expected in the south Cascades and especially at Mt Hood on Wednesday. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended in the south Cascades and especially at Mt Hood on Wednesday.

Snowpack Analysis:

The active weather pattern continues in the Pacific Northwest.

Last week from Monday 4/17 to Thursday 4/20 Mt. Baker picked up about 3 inches of water equivalent (WE) while other areas along the west slopes picked up 1 - 1.5 inches of WE. Much or all of this fell as snow above 5000 feet in the north and 5500-6000 feet in the central and south Washington Cascades. Natural loose wet avalanches likely occurred throughout this period as the snow-line oscillated or on solar aspects at lower elevations during sunbreaks. 

It continued to snow on Sunday and Sunday night. Areas near and above treeline on the volcanoes had about 3-6 inches of new snow on Monday morning with the most at Mt Hood.

A weak surface low pressure system moved east along the Washington - Oregon border followed by an upper shortwave on Monday. NWAC stations at Mt Hood had 8-12 inches of new snow with little in the Olympics and Washington Cascades.

Recent observations

NWAC observer Lee Lazzara was out on Friday 4/21 in the Baker backcountry on Ptarmigan Ridge. Lee observed numerous loose wet slides on all aspects near and below treeline. A natural cornice fall along Ptarmigan Ridge ripped out a D2.5 wind slab on a north aspect (see photo below, thanks Lee!), and other natural cornice fall was noted as well. Note the massive cornices in the photo! 

Photo by Lee Lazzara, 4-21-17.

Laura Green checked in from the Mt. Hood Meadows pro-patrol Friday 4/21. During morning avalanche control work with explosives, stubborn wind slabs were not widespread, but propagating well on lee NE - ESE aspects between 6600 and 7800 feet. Crowns were up to 2 feet deep. Recent and natural wind slab avalanches had occurred in White River Canyon on similar aspects and elevations.

The Chinook Pass DOT crew reported widespread, sensitive size 1-2 loose wet avalanches on all slopes steeper than about 30 degrees by ski tests on Monday that were largest below 55500 feet.

 

 

Detailed Forecast for Wednesday:

An initial front will move mainly across the south part of Washington and Oregon on Tuesday afternoon. A second front, propelled by a strong westerly jet, will follow a similar route on Tuesday night and Wednesday.

New snow can be particularly sensitive after spring storms due to sun or solar effects and warmer daytime temperatures. There has been a lot of recent snow more on the way Wednesday in the south Cascades and especially at Mt Hood.

Large or very large loose wet avalanches are very likely due to the heavy new snow and sun or solar effects. Sun or solar effects can rapidly active avalanche problems and result in a dramatic increase in avalanche danger.

Deep storm slab may linger in areas that have recently had rapidly accumulating new snow.

In the near and above treeline large areas of deep wind slab may linger on lee aspects.

Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended in the south Cascades and especially at Mt Hood on Wednesday.

Cornices are still large so give them a wide safety margin. Natural cornice releases and resulting slab avalanches are dangerous and unpredictable. Give cornices a wide berth if traveling along ridge-lines and avoid slopes below large cornices. See a blog post regarding cornices here.

Avoid unsupported slopes with overhanging blocks of snow and smooth rock underneath. Glide avalanches are difficult to predict and can release at any time, not just during the heat of the day.

As of Tuesday afternoon, cool weather with orographic showers, low snow levels for this time of year, and convergence zone effects looks likely for Thursday.


 

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