Winds are also creating widespread cornices along ridgelines. Give them a wide berth when traveling along ridges and avoid travel beneath them.
The latest edition of the UAC podcast is live - "A Conversation with Tom Kimbrough. Hemingway of the Wasatch". Tom is a retired climbing ranger in Grand Teton National Park, and a longtime avalanche forecaster with the UAC. A role model and mentor to many of us. Sit back and enjoy listening to Drew having a conversation with Tom!
Spend some time improving your rescue skills or learning about avalanches in this upcoming Salt Lake City area class:
- March 8/10 - Snowshoe Backcountry 101 Introduction to Avalanches - Brighton Resort
Temperatures in the Provo mountains range throughout the teens, and winds are out of the west/northwest, gusting into the 20's and 30's mph. 10-16" of new snow has been reported in the Provo mountains since Saturday night.
Fresh wind drifts [Andrew Bentz photo below] and sluffing in the loose storm snow was reported on Sunday.
We have a beautiful winter day in store with mountain temperatures rising into the teens under mostly cloudy skies. We may scrape out a trace of snow early this morning. Winds will be out of the west/northwest and gusty, especially along the upper elevation ridgelines. At the mid elevations, winds will average in the teens, with gusts in the 20's and 30's mph. At the upper elevations, winds will average in the 20's and 30's, with even stronger gusts.
Avalanches breaking into old snow have been reported this past week. This includes layers of faceted snow at the mid-pack, as well as down near the ground. This terrain can be found in upper elevation terrain facing north through southeast. The snowpack in the Provo mountains is quite thin and weak, especially at the lower elevations. The photo below is on a north aspect at 8700' on Mount Timpanogas prior to this recent storm snow. Andrew Bentz reported similar conditions yesterday on Maple Mountain.
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This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done. 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.