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Central Oregon Avalanche Association – Observations

Information provided by Central Oregon Avalanche Association.
Date Title/Location Report Type Position Reporter(s)
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  
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
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 - 7:52 PM Rain to Snow to Sun...  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions
No Avalanche Activity
Pro Observer Jonas
Sun, Feb 12, 2017 - 9:33 AM Hoodoo & Hayrick Butte  
Santiam Pass Area (including Three Finger Jack)
Snow Conditions Public Brit Laurenti
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 - 12:15 PM Touchy wind slabs - Tumalo Bowl  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions
Avalanche Activity
Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Wed, Feb 8, 2017 - 12:13 PM Snomobile Report  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions
Avalanche Activity
Pro Observer Mike Maurer
Mon, Feb 6, 2017 - 8:48 AM Monday 02/6/2017 Report Walker Rim Riders  
Walker Rim Riders
Sat, Feb 4, 2017 - 10:27 PM Storm / Wind Slab Avalanche Cycle  
Tam Rim Area
Snow Conditions
Avalanche Activity
Pro Observer Jonas
Sat, Feb 4, 2017 - 12:34 PM D1 Wind Slab Avalanche / Cornice Formation on Tumalo  
Three Sisters Area
Avalanche Activity Public Alli Miles
Fri, Feb 3, 2017 - 8:25 PM Soda Peak Profile  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Thu, Feb 2, 2017 - 12:15 PM WInd Effects on Tumalo  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions
No Avalanche Activity
Pro Observer Mike Maurer
Tue, Jan 31, 2017 - 9:55 PM Variable  
Three Sisters Area
Snow Conditions
No Avalanche Activity
Pro Observer Jonas
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 - 9:52 PM Tam Rim to Broken Top  
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Gabe
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 - 3:33 PM Tumalo snow profile  
Other
Snow Conditions Pro Observer Aaron Hartz
Fri, Jan 27, 2017 - 3:21 PM Broken Top Tour  
Broken Top Area
Snow Conditions
No Avalanche Activity
Pro Observer Mike Maurer

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

29°F

-2°C

Humidity 87%
Wind Speed SW 7 MPH
Barometer NA
Dewpoint 26°F (-3°C)
Visibility NA
Wind Chill 22°F (-6°C)
Last update 27 Mar 7:00 pm PDT
Extended Forecast for

Mount Bachelor OR

  • Tonight

    Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. West wind 7 to 16 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.

    Slight Chance
    Snow Showers
    then Mostly
    Cloudy

    Low: 25 °F

  • Tuesday

    Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 39. West wind 7 to 9 mph.

    Mostly Cloudy

    High: 39 °F

  • Tuesday
    Night

    Tuesday Night: Snow likely after 11pm.  Cloudy, with a low around 33. Southwest wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 18 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 60%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Snow Likely

    Low: 33 °F

  • Wednesday

    Wednesday: Rain before 11am, then rain and snow.  High near 41. Southwest wind around 17 mph, with gusts as high as 24 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 100%. New snow accumulation of less than a half inch possible.

    Rain/Snow

    High: 41 °F

  • Wednesday
    Night

    Wednesday Night: Snow.  Low around 26. West wind 13 to 17 mph, with gusts as high as 23 mph.  Chance of precipitation is 90%. New snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.

    Snow

    Low: 26 °F

  • Thursday

    Thursday: Snow showers likely.  Cloudy, with a high near 31.

    Snow Showers
    Likely

    High: 31 °F

  • Thursday
    Night

    Thursday Night: A chance of snow showers, mainly before 11pm.  Mostly cloudy, with a low around 22.

    Chance Snow
    Showers

    Low: 22 °F

  • Friday

    Friday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39.

    Mostly Sunny

    High: 39 °F

  • Friday
    Night

    Friday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 27.

    Partly Cloudy

    Low: 27 °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

3"
since 6am today
10"
24 Hour
19"
3 Day
35"
7 Day
522"
snowfall since Oct 1
170"
Snow Depth

West Village Base Snow Fall

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

3"
since 6am today
10"
24 Hour
16"
3 Day
32"
7 Day
501"
snowfall since Oct 1
128"
Snow Depth

Live Temperatures

24°
Summit 9,000'
22°
Mid-mountain 7,775'
25°
Base Area 6,300'

Mt. Bachelor Telemetry

Condition information provided by Mt. Bachelor Ski Resort.

Mt Bachelor previous 24hr weather report

For range March 26, 2017 07:30 PM PST to March 27, 2017 07:30 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
Mar 27, 2017 07:00 PM 127.7 25.23 24.01 22.25 20.9 23.46 100 n/a n/a 21 40 300 25 35 n/a 39 55 n/a 0 0 n/a
Mar 27, 2017 06:00 PM 127.6 25.99 24.69 22.69 21.73 24.13 99 100 97 22 40 306 25 37 285 31 56 246 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 05:00 PM 127.7 27 25.64 22.62 22.11 24.5 97 100 97 32 54 312 30 46 281 31 46 242 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 04:00 PM 127.7 27.77 19.61 23.23 22.13 25.44 96 100 98 19 35 294 21 42 279 40 58 252 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 03:00 PM 127.7 27.73 27 23.46 23.3 26.88 97 100 98 35 52 278 27 42 273 33 52 252 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 02:00 PM 127.9 30.58 27.38 24.97 23.67 26.8 91 100 98 19 38 284 19 35 272 33 55 259 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 01:00 PM 128.1 29.06 19.9 24.3 22.39 26.65 93 100 98 15 31 270 18 30 275 36 57 260 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 12:00 PM 128.1 29 26.31 22.9 21.27 25.26 92 100 98 23 38 274 20 33 267 31 55 249 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 11:00 AM 128.1 26.82 25.9 22.39 20.36 22.95 91 100 96 13 33 293 19 39 270 36 61 245 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 10:00 AM 128.1 26.73 24.57 21.9 20.35 21.59 94 99 96 17 37 279 26 43 279 40 63 256 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 09:00 AM 128 25.82 23.63 21.25 19.43 19.58 96 99 95 17 32 288 22 35 275 31 46 235 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 08:00 AM 128.1 24.23 23.02 20.32 18.53 18.6 98 99 94 14 30 247 20 31 272 30 49 242 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 07:00 AM 127.2 23.2 22.86 19.89 17.92 18.11 99 99 94 4 17 259 17 27 277 31 41 240 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 06:00 AM 127.1 22.79 17.22 19.51 17.59 17.84 99 99 94 5 17 263 23 37 279 40 58 253 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 05:00 AM 126.9 22.7 23.26 19.33 17.48 17.85 99 99 94 13 31 253 26 39 276 45 65 255 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 04:00 AM 126.4 22.9 23.63 19.41 17.9 18.44 99 99 94 23 44 251 32 48 276 48 61 254 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 03:00 AM 126.5 23.95 17.87 20.49 18.89 18.85 99 99 94 14 38 249 29 47 276 51 77 252 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 02:00 AM 126.2 24.1 24.02 20.65 18.86 19.1 99 100 95 19 45 273 31 50 276 51 75 258 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 01:00 AM 126.3 24.39 24.31 20.91 19.35 19.95 98 100 95 22 46 252 32 55 267 50 72 253 0 0 0
Mar 27, 2017 12:00 AM 126.4 24.88 25.3 21.44 19.82 20.58 100 100 95 21 45 291 30 46 271 50 72 260 0 0 0
Mar 26, 2017 11:00 PM 126.4 25.32 26.37 21.99 n/a 21.25 99 100 95 22 38 291 31 44 282 n/a n/a n/a 0 0 0
Mar 26, 2017 10:00 PM 125.3 26.3 26.86 22.85 n/a 21.61 100 100 96 20 40 251 28 41 263 n/a n/a n/a 0 0 0
Mar 26, 2017 09:00 PM 123.8 26.44 27.43 23.02 n/a 22.31 100 100 96 20 50 270 32 49 278 n/a n/a n/a 0 0 0
Mar 26, 2017 08:00 PM 123.8 27.48 28.15 24.15 n/a 23.18 100 100 96 16 39 296 26 45 281 n/a n/a n/a 0 0 0
Mar 26, 2017 07:45 PM 122.4 28.62 28.5 25.01 n/a 23.41 100 100 97 22 39 254 31 45 262 n/a n/a n/a 0 0 0

Northwest Weather & Avalanche Center

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

Issued: 6:53 PM PST Monday, March 27, 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.

You will need to keep a sharper than usual eye on weather conditions if you take a trip into the backcountry on Tuesday. Be prepared to ratchet back your plans if winds become stronger and snow or rain becomes heavier than you expect and you see signs of instability such as cracking of new snow layers or loose wet avalanches before Tuesday night.

Danger Scalei
  • No Rating
  • Low
  • Moderate
  • Considerable
  • High
  • Extreme

Avalanche Problems for Tuesday

Wind Slabi

Wind slabs can take up to a week to stabilize. They are confined to lee and cross-loaded terrain features and can be avoided by sticking to sheltered or wind scoured areas.

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Loose Weti

Loose wet avalanches occur where water is running through the snowpack, and release at or below the trigger point. Avoid terrain traps such as cliffs, gullies, or tree wells. Exit avalanche terrain when you see pinwheels, roller balls, a slushy surface, or during rain-on-snow events.

  • Avalanche Problemi
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  • Likelihoodi
  • Sizei

Cornicesi

Cornices are easy to identify and are confined to lee and cross-loaded ridges, sub-ridges, and sharp convexities. They are easiest to trigger during periods of rapid growth (new snow and wind), rapid warming, and during rain-on-snow events. Cornices often catch people by surprise when they break farther back onto flatter areas than expected.

  • Avalanche Problemi
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  • Likelihoodi
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Snowpack Analysis:

Weather and Snowpack

The first week or so of March was very cool and snowy.  NWAC stations at Mt Hood piled up about 6-7 ft of snow.

The 2nd week of March was equally active with non-stop Pacific frontal systems pummeling the PNW. Unfortunately, these systems delivered far more rain than snow. At least two regional avalanche cycles occurred during the stretch. Significant snowpack consolidation occurred over this period due to rainfall and warmer temperatures. 

This past week has also been active weather-wise, with another strong front on Sunday, but water amounts/snowfall totals have been slightly lower relative to the extreme wetness of the past few weeks. In the last 5 days ending Monday morning NWAC stations at Mt Hood have picked up another 2-2.5 ft of snow.

Recent Observations

On Monday the Meadows patrol reported touchy 6-12 in but up to 12-18 in wind slab on NE slopes near and above treeline. Surface loose wet snow was also becoming evident in the below treeline areas.

Detailed Forecast for Tuesday:

Warm front moisture should begin moving into the Northwest on Tuesday especially to the Olympics and north to central Cascades. But rain or snow and warming should also begin to increase over the south Cascades on Tuesday. The avalanche danger levels will be a moving target as they rise on Tuesday especially in the north to central Cascades.

Recent SW alpine winds have built wind slab on mainly NW-SE slopes. But watch for firmer wind transported snow that indicates wind slab on all aspects in areas of more complex terrain.

Loose wet avalanches should become possible in the near and below treeline at Mt Hood mainly due to light rain, solar effects and warming. Watch for wet surface snow deeper than a few inches, pinwheels or initial but growing natural releases.

Recent cornices are very large. Make sure to avoid areas on ridges where there may be an overhanging cornice as well as travel on steep slopes below cornices! Natural cornice releases and resulting slab avalanches are unpredictable. See a blog post regarding cornices here.

You will need to keep a sharper than usual eye on weather conditions if you take a trip into the backcountry on Tuesday. Be prepared to ratchet back your plans if winds become stronger and snow or rain becomes heavier than you expect and you see signs of instability such as cracking of new snow layers or loose wet avalanches before Tuesday night.

The avalanche danger should continue to significantly increase on Tuesday night.


 

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