We've released the accident report for the 3-27-23 Pole Canyon avalanche in the Oquirrh Mountains .....It's HERE
Most people are wisely avoiding avalanche terrain since we are getting SO MUCH SNOW!!! Recent accumulations at lower elevations and in some areas (like the southern part of the zone) are extraordinary. Natural avalanches are possible at all elevations and most likely during periods of very heavy snowfall or increased drifting. Since avalanche starting zones are smoothed in by deep snow and paths are "greased" by previous avalanches, avalanches of new snow can run far and fast. Across the region and with each storm in frequently running paths, avalanches are pushing the historic limits, trimming trees from the edges and running further into the trees than in the past.
It is snowing again this morning at Beaver Mountain. The 8400' Tony Grove Snotel reports 5 inches overnight and 2.5" SWE from the storm. It's 15°F and there is 168" of total snow. The wind is blowing around 15 mph, with gusts around 30 mph at the CSI Logan Peak weather station at 9700'. The Ogden Valley has picked up and amazing amount of snow, with the Ben Lomond Snotel reporting almost 9" SWE in the last week.
Here is the NWS point forecast (36 hrs) for high elevations in the Central Bear River Range:
Today: Snow showers. High near 23. Wind chill values as low as -1. West wind 11 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
Tonight: A 40 percent chance of snow showers before 9pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 4. Wind chill values as low as -11. West wind 10 to 18 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Thursday: Sunny, with a high near 31. Wind chill values as low as -5. Southwest wind 8 to 10 mph.
Looks like we'll see some sun on Thursday, and significant warming begins on Friday, with high temperatures near 40°F in the shade on top of Naomi Peak. Upper elevation high temperatures are expected to be over 50° F and it will be sunny on Sunday.