** 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.

Advisory for March 21 & 22

THIS Avalanche Advisory EXPIRED ON Mar 22, 2020 at 8:34 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on Mar 20, 2020 at 8:34 pm
Issued by Aaron Hartz
Bottom Line
Loose wet avalanches will be the primary concern over the weekend. This will be a timing issue. If you see loose wet avalanche activity, roller balls, and/or the surface snow becoming wet, move to more shaded slopes and avoid consequential terrain.
Avalanche Character 1: Loose Wet
Loose wet avalanches will be small, and the likelihood will be greatest when slopes have direct sun exposure during the warmest part of the day. Even small avalanches can have big consequence in steep and committing terrain. Watch for loose wet avalanches at all elevations, and on steep SE, S, and W aspects.
Snowpack Discussion
The condition of the surface snow varies widely. Currently melt freeze crust, old wind transported snow, preserved powder, and breakable crust can be found throughout the region. Patches of surface hoar have been observed from below treeline into the alpine. Overall, the snowpack is settled and strong; no weak layers of concern have been reported recently.
Recent Observations
There have been no reports of avalanche activity since the last advisory and no reports unstable snow .
Mountain Weather
The daytime high temperature is expected to be in the upper 30's to low 40's Fahrenheit over the weekend along with a mostly sunny sky. The wind is expected to be mostly light with occasional moderate gusts and shifting through the west, north, and east and south over the weekend.
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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