Weather

7-Day Forecast for Scenic Hot Springs Area (2,900 ft near beginning of Trail Head)

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Winter Storm Advisory Sunday through Monday


Lots of snow coming down in the passes this Sunday through Monday afternoon!  Snowshoes are an absolute must.  Please be prepared if you have a scheduled, permitted visit.

Winter Weather Advisory

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SEATTLE WA
426 AM PST SUN FEB 24 2013

...A FOOT TO FOOT AND A HALF OF NEW SNOW IS LIKLEY IN THE HIGHER
ELEVATIONS OF THE CASCADES TODAY THROUGH MONDAY...

.ANOTHER PACIFIC FRONTAL SYSTEM WILL BRING UP TO A FOOT AND A HALF
OF NEW SNOW TO THE HIGHER WEST SLOPES OF THE CASCADES TODAY
THROUGH MONDAY. MOUNT BAKER AND PARADISE AT MOUNT RAINIER WILL
PROBABLY GET THE HEAVIEST SNOWFALL...WITH THE MAJOR HIGHWAY PASSES
RECEIVING ONLY 5 TO 10 INCHES OF NEW SNOW. SNOWFALL WILL BE
RELATIVELY LIGHT TODAY...THEN INCREASE TONIGHT AS THE COLD FRONT
MOVES THROUGH...AND CONTINUE MONDAY IN COOL MOIST WESTERLY FLOW.

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WEST SLOPES NORTHERN CASCADES AND PASSES-
WEST SLOPES CENTRAL CASCADES AND PASSES-
426 AM PST SUN FEB 24 2013

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO
4 PM PST MONDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SEATTLE HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 4 PM PST MONDAY.

* SOME AFFECTED LOCATIONS...MOUNT BAKER AND PARADISE AT MOUNT
  RAINIER.

* TIMING...LIGHT SNOW WILL BEGIN TODAY...THEN INCREASE TONIGHT AND
  CONTINUE MONDAY.

* ACCUMULATIONS...AROUND 11 TO 17 INCHES OF NEW SNOW IS LIKELY AT
  MOUNT BAKER AND MOUNT RAINIER TONIGHT AND MONDAY. THE MAJOR
  HIGHWAY PASSES WILL RECEIVE LESS...PROBABLY IN THE 5 TO 10 INCH
  RANGE.

* MAIN IMPACT...DIFFICULT DRIVING CONDITIONS AND POSSIBLE DELAYS.

* SNOW LEVEL...AROUND 1500 FEET THIS MORNING...RISING TO 3000 TO
  35OO FEET TONIGHT...THEN FALLING TO 2000 FEET MONDAY.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...

A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW IS ISSUED WHEN 11 TO 17 INCHES
OF NEW SNOW IS EXPECTED IN A 24 HOUR PERIOD.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Snow Conditions

Spring is sneaking up on us (despite today's snow in the mountains).  In the last week we have have a number of warmer, above freezing days and this has led to some melting at the lower elevations.

That's where I fell into when the snow crumbled underfoot!

In particular, the snow berm along the highway is weakening and has a number of sections giving way under weight (yours truly managed to find a weak section and fall through ten feet right into the run-off ditch and get soaking wet)..  Since winter parking is a quarter mile down Hwy 2 . . . requiring a hike up the highway, the snow berm created by the plows over the winter has become a popular way of getting up the highway.  As the snow weakens, please use caution when hiking atop the berm.  Use your poles to probe ahead of you and test each step before putting full weight down.  It may be more prudent to hiking the opposing shoulder of the highway and then use caution to cross at the entrance.

So far, the upper elevations remain hardpacked with little postholing or need for snowshoes.  However, the steeper sections are definitely icing and getting slippery.  Extra traction in the form of Trax or crampons is highly suggested.

This snowbridge at least held!

Near the Honeymoon runoff

A tight passageway up Rock Alley

Most snow gone from around the pools