Snow Toll Update


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Updated: Tuesday, Nov 14, 2017 10:44 AM
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Posted: Monday, Nov 6, 2017 2:38 PM
Reporters:
Brian Sather*
Report Type:
Snow Conditions
Category:
Mountain Bike
...and cue the freeway closure, to pick up where we left off last winter. One of the first significant storms had I-84 shut down and people scampering around Tollgate, held up by 10 mph trucks with chains up the steeper grades. I got out on Summit Road with fatbike, where I was able to get in the tracks and go out to High Ridge to confirm the Snotels were correct. The storm hit the Blue Mountains more than anything with a fresh batch of snow.

There was still quite a bit of vehicle traffic on summit road between yesterday and today and it was packed down and drive-able by the hunters. Some vehicles, including myself, almost got berm-ed in from the snowplows but I barged through. There is some significant roadside snow up there. All-in-all there isn't quite enough snow to get out and ski or sled but this was a good start.

We're excited about the forecasting at the Fire, Weather, & Avalanche Center and also the new cam there. The forecasts are daily now! We'll keep a link to the right for you to visit that often to check status and forecasts.



Backcountry observations provided and vetted under AIARE Level 2 Analyzing Snow Stability and Avalanche Hazard qualifications.
The Snow
New Snow
30 cm
Total Snow
30 cm
Slope/Aspect
--° / --
Elevation
5000'

Snow Depths
Location #1: High Ridge & Summit Rd. — 30 cm (map)
The Weather
Temperature
-5°C
Sky
Overcast (> 7/8)
Precipitation
Snow - S-1 Very light snow
Wind
No air motion
Just off Summit Road by Horseshoe Prairie
Near High Ridge on Summit Road.
Andies Prairie Snopark
Highway conditions near the summit.