** IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT **

As of March 30th, COAC has suspended backcountry avalanche advisories and pro observations until further notice.

On March 23rd, Governor Brown of Oregon issued Stay at Home orders for the public regarding the COVID-19 outbreak. The directives are clear in that “to the maximum extent possible, individuals stay at home or in their place of residence.” On March 27th the Deschutes National Forest issued a closure of all developed recreation sites including trailheads and snoparks. COAC is committed to supporting our community, local emergency services, and agency partners and because of this we felt it important to cease operations as we all work together to minimize the impacts and spread of COVID-19.   

This decision was not taken lightly. Aside from the need to maintain congruency with the Governors' orders, there are inherent risks with backcountry activities in alpine environments and it’s important to consider unnecessary exposure to COAC forecasters, first responders, and local medical staff in light of the current situation.

We look forward to getting back into the mountains and providing you all with the tools to recreate safely in the backcountry. Until then we thank you for your continued support and wish all our mountain community the best of health and wellness.

Snowpack Summary for 4/20/2018

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Apr 22, 2018 at 9:27 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Apr 20, 2018 at 9:27 pm
Issued by Gabe Coler
Bottom Line
We have entered our first period of sustained "spring-like" weather. This means daytime high temperatures well above freezing and predominantly sunny skies. Expect improving corn skiing and watch for Loose Wet avalanches as the sun and warm temperatures weaken the surface snow.
Avalanche Character 1: Loose Wet
With overnight temperatures dipping below freezing, use timing and aspect to avoid Loose Wet avalanches. Start early to ensure safer and better skiing on slopes that get a lot of sun.
Snowpack Discussion
Daytime high temperatures well above freezing and sunny skies mean that on most slopes the surface snow is melting each day and then refreezing overnight. This means the mornings will be crusty and firm, but we should see melting and corn snow or maybe slush by the afternoon. With no persistent weak layers in our snow pack our avalanche problems are concentrated in this surface snow.
Recent Observations
Phil reported small Loose Wet avalanche activity today.
Mountain Weather
A weak cold front will move through the mountains later tonight and early tomorrow morning. This may bring a bit of showery weather, but no significant accumulation is expected. After that we're in for sunny and warm with daytime high temperatures well above freezing, and night-time lows dipping back below freezing.
Disclaimer

This snowpack summary applies only to backcountry areas. Click here for a map of the area. This snowpack summary describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This snowpack summary expires in 48 hours unless otherwise noted.


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