The snow is stable in most areas and human triggered avalanches are unlikely. Even so, shallow wind slab avalanches and cornice falls are possible in drifted upper elevation terrain, and warmth could cause an increase in wet avalanche danger on some sunny and/or mid-elevation slopes in the next couple days.
- Watch for and avoid drifted snow on steep lee slopes and in and around terrain features like sub-ridges, gullies, scoops, and rock outcrops.
- Avoid travel on or under large ridge top cornices, which might break further back than expected and could trigger wind slab avalanches on drifted slopes below.
- A return to unseasonable warming and periods of sun in the next couple days could cause an increase in wet avalanche danger. If the snow becomes soft and saturated, it's time to move off and out from under steep slopes.
The CROWBAR backcountry ski race is this Saturday February 10 at Swan Peak/Garden City Canyon. More info and registration at http://CrowbarSkiRace.org.
The Tony Grove Snotel at 8400' reports 24°F, and there's 57 inches of total snow at the site containing 89% of normal SWE (or Snow Water Equivalent). It's 26°F at the UDOT Hwy 89 Logan Summit sheds, and a west-northwest wind is blowing 15 to 20 mph this morning. Unseasonably warm temperatures and rain in the last week have really done a number on our low elevation snow. Many slopes have burned off, and trails turned to mud and ice. Nice fast and smooth graupel and shallow powder riding conditions exist at upper elevations, but the shallowly buried rain crusts are a bit catchy and can throw you around a bit.
Other than some natural cornice fall and wind slab activity last week at upper elevations, no avalanches were reported recently in the Logan Zone.
Northwest flow aloft will continue across the Great Basin through the week, with a warming trend through Friday. A disturbance in the northwest flow will cross the area this weekend.
- Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 33. West wind 17 to 21 mph.
- Tonight: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. Southwest wind around 18 mph.
- Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 39. West wind 14 to 18 mph.
Although unlikely, persistent slab avalanches remain possible in isolated steep terrain. Outlying shady slopes with shallow and weak snow are the most suspect.
- Widespread buried faceted layers appear dormant now, and persistent slab avalanches are unlikely, but if you trigger one it could be dangerous.
- Pay attention to possible signs of instability like cracking and whumpfing or collapsing, but remember these signs aren't always present when avalanches are triggered, so you have to dig down into the snow to find poor snow structure.
- Continue to avoid very steep rocky slopes at upper elevations with shallow, weak snow.
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This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.