Forecast for the Provo Area Mountains

Issued by Greg Gagne for Sunday, November 26, 2017 - 4:55pm

The avalanche hazard is LOW. With a couple of possible small storms early this coming week, the hazard may elevate due to fresh storm snow as well as possible wind drifting. Remember - a low avalanche hazard doesn't mean no avalanches.

We will continue with intermittent advisories until we begin to receive more snow.

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Unopened ski area terrain has a backcountry snowpack, as avalanche mitigation work has not been done. Each resort has different uphill travel policies - please abide by signage and closures and check in with the local ski patrol.

Weather and Snow

Conditions as of 3 pm Sunday afternoon feature very mild temperatures with increasingly strong south and southwest winds. Temperatures at 10,500' are in the mid 40's F with gusts over 50 mph from the south.

A rain event to 10,000' early last week, along with very warm temperatures over the Thanksgiving holiday, have crusted most snow surfaces. Southerly aspects have largely melted off, with patches of snow clinging to southeast and southwest aspects. In the Salt Lake mountains, northerly aspects > 9000' hold about 18-24" of snow (red arrows)

Recent Avalanches

There have been no observations received from the Provo mountains. Recent observations from the central Wasatch include:

Little Cottonwood Canyon (Alta) (Nov 26)

Big Cottonwood Canyon (Brighton) (Nov 25)

Little Cottonwood Canyon (Alta) (Nov 23)

Little Cottonwood Canyon (Alta) (Nov 23)

Avalanche Problem #1
Normal Caution

The snowpack is currently stable and avalanches are unlikely. However, with a couple of possible weather systems early this week, the avalanche hazard may elevate:

  • 1-3" of snow are expected Monday afternoon creating possible shallow storm slab avalanches.
  • Moderate to strong winds first from the south/southwest, and then shifting to the northwest on Monday afternoon may create fresh, sensitive wind drifts at the mid and upper elevations.

Although any storm slabs or wind drifts will be quite shallow, even a short ride on our thin snowpack will mean a ride over rocks and stumps.

Additional Information

Cloudy, windy, and mild through early Monday afternoon when we can expect a quick-hitting storm that may bring 1-3" to the provo mountainson a northwest flow. Clearing Monday night followed by cool high pressure on Tuesday. Another quick-hitter is possible for Wednesday, with a few more inches of additional snowfall. Models are hinting at something more promising for late this coming weekend.

General Announcements

Remember your information can save lives. If you see anything we should know about, please help us out by submitting snow and avalanche conditions. You can also call us at 801-524-5304, email by clicking HERE, or include #utavy in your tweet or Instagram.

To get help in an emergency (to request a rescue) in the Wasatch, call 911. Be prepared to give your GPS coordinates or the run name. Dispatchers have a copy of the Wasatch Backcountry Ski map.

Backcountry Emergencies. It outlines your step-by-step method in the event of a winter backcountry incident.

If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry, but no one is hurt and you do not need assistance, please notify the nearest ski area dispatch to avoid a needless response by rescue teams. Thanks.

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This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done. This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

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