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Issued at 2/09/2014 3:41pm. Valid till 3/09/2014 6pm

Tongariro

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
1
Highest Danger Rating
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Certain
Likely
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Largest
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Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
The weather forecasts are calling for a little more snow over Wednesday but with light and variable winds. This means that instead of the usual windslabs, we will be dealing with more of a storm slab problem. It doesn't look like we will get enough snow to bump the danger up to moderate, but I am expecting the danger to gradually increase throughout the afternoon. Up above 2000m is where you will most likely start to see these storm slabs, and they will be on a wide variety of aspects. Keep a close eye on how much new snow is on the ground and how well it is bonding to the previous snow surface. For the most part I am expecting it to be bonding well, but if you do notice any signs of instability stick to safe terrain. Make sure you are carrying the correct rescue gear and know how to use it.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
No new activity.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
The new snow from Monday seems to have bonded well. Things are looking pretty strong and stable at the moment. Warmer temperatures down below 2100m have put the snowpack back into a melt freeze cycle. There may still be isolated areas of windslab up around the crater lake plateau on Ruapehu, but these aren't expected to be of significant size.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Light showers with a possible brief period of heavier snow during the afternoon on Wednesday. This will be falling as snow above around 1900m. Winds will be light and variable.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
All reports from the South facing areas say that it is icy out there

Forecast by Ryan Leong

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