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This morning, skies are overcast. There is currently an inversion in the Provo area mountains, where trailheads are in the single digits F and ridgelines are in the low teens F. Winds are blowing from the west northwest between 10-15 mph at mid-elevations. At upper elevations, winds are north-northwesterly gusting up to 40 mph. Overnight a trace amount of new snow fell.
Today, it will remain partly cloudy with the potential for occasional light, low-density snowfall. Accumulation would be minimal, with another trace to 2" of snow. Temperatures will climb into the low 20s F. Winds will remain west-northwesterly, averaging 5-15 mph with gusts up to 25 mph at mid-elevations. At upper elevations, winds will average 20-30 mph, with gusts up to 45 mph.
Many observers have noted a weakening snow surface, or weak snow just below the wind-drifted snow. With a few inches of new snow, and a weakening snow surface small loose avalanches are possible in protected steep terrain at all elevations. If the sun comes out at any point today, look for warming on any solar aspect at mid and lower elevations and avoid traveling underneath these slopes as an avalanche in steep rocky terrain could lead to an injury.
Yesterday there were multiple reports of sensitive soft slab avalanches of both wind-drifted snow and new snow along upper-elevation terrain and ridgelines.
A small wind slab triggered while traveling alone the Pine Creek/Snake Creek Ridgeline zone while traveling the uphill. Read the full observation HERE.
are visible in areas of Broads Fork
, including Bonkers and Stairs Gulch. Open glide cracks can lead to full-depth glide avalanches, though the timing between the initial appearance of a crack and an actual glide avalanche can be anywhere between seconds and months. Glide avalanches are unlikely to be triggered by a person, but natural failures are very challenging to predict. Practice safe travel techniques of exposing only one person at a time while traveling underneath these open cracks.
on backcountry observations HERE