Forecast for the Provo Area Mountains

Issued by Mark Staples for Sunday, December 10, 2017 - 7:03am

The avalanche danger is LOW. Small slides are unlikely but could be triggered in isolated areas, mostly upper elevation northerly slopes and some east facing slopes that received wind drifted snow last Thursday.

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Weather and Snow

This morning mountain temperatures are generally ten degrees warmer than valley locations. At many places above 8000 ft, temperatures are in the low 30's F. LIght northerly winds are blowing 5-10 mph with slighly higher gusts.

The Provo area mountains have very little snow especially on Timpanogos. More snow exists along Cascade mountain. South aspects are forming an ice crust at the surface as they dampen and refreeze each day. Most other aspects have dry powder which seems even drier as it facets and looses cohesion.

With limited terrain available for riding (low tide as some call it), take the time to practice with your rescue gear if you get out. Watch this video. Matt and Tom were glad they had practiced and luckily had a happy ending.

Recent Avalanches

No avalanches have been reported in the Provo area mountains.

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LOW danger doesn’t mean NO danger. Small avalanches can still be triggered in isolated places or radical terrain. The most likely place to trigger any of these slides would be on a steep, upper elevation northwest through northeasterly facing slope.

Watch for wind drifts following last week's NE winds. Also, watch for loose snow sluffs on steep slopes.

Otherwise the snowpack continues to weaken and facet on nearly all aspects except due south. This faceting isn't an avalnche problem until we get more snow to form a slab on top of it (video).

Additional Information

Sunny skies and warm temperatures in the mountains will continue through midweek and beyond. Temperatures each day will warm into the upper 30s to mid 40s, with the overnight low dipping into 20s. The northerly winds will average 5 to 15 mph, with the highest peaks averaging 20 to 25 mph.

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