The UAC is currently working with the operation involved in Thursday's fatal avalanche in the Uintas to prepare a report. Please be patient as we sort out the details of this complicated incident. A preliminary report is available HERE.
The next Pacific atmospheric river storm is here, dangerous avalanche conditions exist and heavy snow, rain, and drifting by strong west-southwest winds will continue to elevate avalanche danger in the backcountry.
The 8400' Tony Grove Snotel reports 6 inches of very heavy new snow overnight. It's 29° F this morning, and there is 135 inches of total snow. The wind is now blowing from the west-southwest 25 to 30 mph at the 9700' CSI Logan Peak weather station, having averaged in the 40s and gusted up to 67 mph overnight
The National Weather Service has continued a Winter Storm Warning
for the Logan Zone through today. We are at a point in the season where direct action avalanches are the rule, and large natural avalanche events occur almost weekly, during each storm. Today's avalanches are being caused by heavy snowfall,
drifting from strong winds, and rain on snow
Here is the NWS point forecast for high elevations in the Central Bear River Range:
Today: Snow showers, mainly before 3pm. The snow could be heavy at times. Some thunder is also possible. Temperature falling to around 24 by 5pm. Wind chill values as low as 10. Windy, with a west southwest wind 27 to 32 mph decreasing to 18 to 23 mph in the afternoon. Winds could gust as high as 48 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches possible.
Tonight: A 20 percent chance of snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 10. Wind chill values as low as -3. North wind 13 to 21 mph.
Thursday:A 20 percent chance of snow showers after noon. Mostly sunny, with a high near 26. Wind chill values as low as -3. North northeast wind 10 to 14 mph.
We'll see fair weather and even a little sun for the end of the week and heading into the weekend.