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Size: 
2
Trend: 
Increasing Danger
Description: 

Winds are also creating widespread cornices along ridgelines. Give them a wide berth when traveling along ridges and avoid travel beneath them.

Type: 
Wind Slab
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Current Conditions: 
 

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.

Recent Activity: 

Fresh wind drifts [Andrew Bentz photo below] and sluffing in the loose storm snow was reported on Sunday.

 

   

Mountain Weather: 

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.

 

Bottom Line: 

The avalanche hazard is CONSIDERABLE in upper elevations for fresh wind drifts, and above 9000' for persistent slabs. There is a MODERATE hazard for sluffing in the loose storm snow on steeper aspects. Fortunately, plenty of safer, 5-star riding conditions can be found on lower-angled slopes as well as southerly aspects.

With what many are describing as the best conditions of the year, it is easy to let the brilliant riding cloud good judgement. Be sure to practice the usual safe protocol of exposing one person on a slope at a time and getting out of the runout zone at the bottom. Clearly communicate plans with your partner(s). If you do drop cornices or ski cut slopes, be absolutely sure no one is below you.

Type: 
Persistent Slab
Duration: 
24
Size: 
3
Trend: 
Same
Duration: 
24
Description: 

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.

Trend: 
Same
Duration: 
24
Description: 

 

 

Overall Danger Rating: 
Considerable
Likelihood: 
2
Likelihood: 
3
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Tomorrows Danger Rating: 
Moderate
Date: 
Monday, March 5, 2018
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