Yesterday's storm didn't produce anywhere near as much snow as we thought it might, but north winds drifted the fresh snow into stiffer drifts in exposed terrain at all elevations. The fresh snow down low was somewhat heavy and it stuck to the branches in sheltered areas creating a winter wonderland effect. Upper elevation terrain remained shrouded in clouds and spindrift, and I did not dare to venture very high. Lacking much in the way of information and having avoided dangerous avalanche terrain myself over the weekend, I'm facing some degree of uncertainty about conditions. Even so, I'm confident in saying that dangerous avalanche conditions exist and that anyone venturing into avalanche terrain today need use extra caution.
The Tony Grove Snotel at 8400' reports 4 inches of new snow with .3" SWE yesterday morning. It's 12º F this morning and there's 63" of total snow containing 94% of average SWE for the date. I'm reading a wind chill of -15º F, with 4º F at the 9700' CSI Logan Peak weather station, and northwest winds are currently averaging around 20 mph.
Weak weather disturbances embedded in a moist northwest flow will impact mainly northern Utah and southwest Wyoming during the latter portion of the week. Today we'll see mostly sunny skies, with high temperatures at 8500' around 19º F, and 15 to 20 mph west-northwest winds. Tonight, expect a slight chance of snow showers and wind chills around -12º F, low temperatures around 6º F, and 15 mph west wind. Snow showers are likely tomorrow with 2 to 4 inches possible, a high temperature around 25º F, and 20 to 25 mph west wind with gusts around 40 mph.
-A backcountry skier was buried by and avalanche and killed near Fairview late Thursday. Search and rescue teams from Emery and Sanpete County recovered his body Friday near Electric Lake on the Manti Skyline. Preliminary report HERE
- Guides from Whisper Ridge in the southern Bear River Range report and active day yesterday, with numerous easily triggered and manageable, shallow and soft wind slab avalanches
-Natural avalanches were widespread across the Logan Zone late last week, but they're covered up by fresh snow now so not so obvious. Natural avalanches of note observed Sunday include somewhat blown-in evidence of large hard slab avalanches in Wood Camp, Tab Hollow, and Logan Dry Canyon.
Eric caught a view of this large natural avalanche in Logan Dry, just as it was hit by the last rays of sunlight.
Please report backcountry avalanche activity in the Logan Zone if you see any today....