Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Uintas Area Mountains Issued by Craig Gordon for Wednesday - April 1, 2015 - 5:55am
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At mid and upper elevations, the avalanche danger will rise to MODERATE and human triggered slides are possible on steep, sun baked slopes, especially during the heat of the day.

Most other terrain is either bare ground or offers a LOW avalanche danger.




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We'll be winding down next week and Sunday April 5th will be the last of our regularly scheduled advisories.

current conditions

Skies are clearing as last night's cold front continues its easterly migration. Winds shifted to the west and northwest around 4:00 this morning and currently they're blowing 10-20 mph along the high ridges. Temperatures are somewhat cooler as well, in the mid to upper 20's. Trailheads have taken a hard hit the past few weeks and it's slow going til the surface snow softens.

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recent activity

No recent avalanche activity to report

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
description

The Yin and Yang of spring produces weather on both ends of the spectrum. Record warmth the past few days, a quick hitting cold front, and the next thing you know temperatures are in the 20's. Yep... the snowpack is basically locked in place. While there's a predictable, "go anywhere" base, and a pretty straightforward avalanche danger, there are some things you want to consider in your travels the next few days-

  • As the snow starts to heat up you'll want to think about changing the type of terrain you're riding on, especially if roller balls start cascading down the slope or you find yourself sinking into damp, unsupportable snow.
  • Cornices have the potential to break back further than you might expect, so you'll want to avoid be around these unpredictable bus-sized pieces of snow, especially during the heat of the day.
  • You need to avoid terrain traps like gullies and road cuts where even a small slide can quickly pile up cement-like, bone snapping debris.


weather

Skies clear, winds die down as the day progresses, and high temperatures reach into the low 30's. Overnight lows dip into the teens and clouds increase throughout the night. A weak storm swings through the region Thursday producing a few inches of snow, before high pressure returns for the last half of the week.

general announcements

Remember your information can save lives. If you see anything we should know about, please participate in the creation of our own community avalanche advisory by submitting snow and avalanche conditions.   You can call me directly at 801-231-2170, email craig@utahavalanchecenter.org, or email by clicking HERE

This is a great time of year to schedule a free avalanche awareness presentation for your group or club. You can contact me at 801-231-2170 or email craig@utahavalanchecenter.org

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The information in this advisory is from the US Forest Service which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

I will update this advisory by 7:00 AM Saturday Apr. 4, 2015 or sooner if conditions warrant.