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Issued at 21/10/2014 3:24pm. Valid till 22/10/2014 6pm

Tongariro

Mountain
Current avalanche advisory
High Alpine

Above 2000 meters

Alpine

1000 to 2000 meters

Sub Alpine

Below 1000 meters

Avalanche Danger Scale
Avalanche Danger Scale
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Primary Avalanche Danger

Dangerous Aspects
high
Danger Rose
2
Highest Danger Rating
Likelihood
indicator
gauge
Certain
Likely
Unlikely
Size
indicator
gauge
Largest
Small
Trend
indicator
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Increasing
No change
Decreasing
Time of day
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Time of day
10am - 4pm
Alpine level
High Alpine: Above 2000m
Alpine: 1000 to 2000m
Low Alpine: Below 1000m
Description:
With a few nights now of warmer temperatures and very little refreezing the snowpack is wet and slushy right the way through below 2000m. Once the daytime temperatures increase, steep slopes that face the sun are further softening and loosing cohesion. As this happens loose wet avalanches will become a possibility. The size of these will not be very large, but the chances of triggering a slide will increase. Watch out for East facing slopes in the morning, then Northerly over the middle of the day and finally West facing slopes in the afternoon. If you can push your ski pole down through the snowpack without too much resistance then it will be a good idea to move to a less sun effected slope.

Recent Avalanche Activity

Recent Avalanche Activity
A few size 1 loose wet avalanches were ski cut out of steep North East facing slopes mid morning on Tuesday.

Current Snowpack Conditions

Current Snowpack Conditions
The snowpack is isothermal below 2000m - This means that it is wet and slushy the whole way through. Above 2000m there has been a re freeze of the surface snow overnight, but this has been softening over the day as the temperatures increase. Southerly facing slopes have been seeing less warming so these have been remaining firmer over the day.

Mountain Weather

Mountain Weather
Looks like another mixed bag for Wednesday. Mostly fine in the morning, then a chance of some showers falling as snow above around 2100m. Winds will be light South to South Easterlies.


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Sliding Danger

Slide For Life
It will be icy in the morning

Forecast by Ryan Leong

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