Observation: Turnagain

Location: Road Obs - Turnagain Pass

Route & General Observations

Drove through Turnagain Pass around 2pm and visibility was poor. Temps were above freezing and it was raining at the Pass, but could see a little new snow stuck to the trees around ~1500′. Didn’t notice any new debris in the mid elevation band. The snow is melting quickly along the road. On the South side of the Pass near Sunburst dirt is showing and only ~9 inches at Snowmo lot.

I added a few photos at the bottom taken yesterday of recent avalanches on Sunburst N. aspect and a photo of the South face of Tincan, where no avalanche activity has been observed yet.

Red Flags
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Observer Comments

Raining and above freezing temps
Recent avalanches as documented in yesterday's ob (12-11-17)

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Rain showers - heavier near portage and light rain on S. side near Johnson Pass
Easterly ridgetop winds 20-30mph at Seattle Ridge Wx Station
Temps at 1000'= 35F
Temps at 2400'=29F

Snow surface

Wet saturated snow


9" of wet snow at Motorized lot (see photos)
0-3" of wet snow on S. side of Pass

Photos & Video
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