Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Provo Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Monday - January 26, 2015 - 7:24am
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The avalanche danger may rise to CONSIDERABLE during daytime heating. I am quite unsure just how the snowpack will react to the anticipated very warm temperatures so forecast confidence is low. Avoid being on or below steep sunny slopes as they heat up starting with east facing first and working south then west as the sun moves during the day.




current conditions

Wow. Temperatures are quite mild in the mid 30s to 40 degrees along the ridges already. Wind speeds increased for a period overnight but have really backed off now and are from the northeast.

recent activity

No avalanche activity was reported from the Provo area mountains but some skier triggered wet loose snow avalanches were reported in the Salt Lake area Sunday. Similar conditions existed in the Provo mountains on Sunday.

Avalanche Problem 1
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UNLIKELY
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INCREASING DANGER
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DECREASING DANGER
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Record high temperatures today will demand you pay attention to the sunny slopes. There are some factors which make me think we won't see too much wet activity but other factors and the unprecedented high temperatures make me very unsure. IF we see wet avalanches, they could pile up some substantial debris.

Avoid being on or below steep sunny slopes as the heat up during the day. Watch for shady slopes at the lower elevations to become saturated and unstable as well. If you are sinking deep into wet snow, it's time to get off of any steep slope you're on and watch what's above you.

weather

It's going to be a warm one with ridgetop temperatures perhaps reaching 45 degrees. Winds will be pretty light from the east and southeast. We have an odd storm that will move through from the south on Tuesday into Wednesday but it's not looking all that great for much more than about 3 inches of snow, 6 inches if we're lucky.

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