Forecast for the Provo Area Mountains

Greg Gagne
Issued by Greg Gagne for
Monday, April 4, 2022
The avalanche danger is LOW on all aspects and elevations. Watch for unstable snow in isolated terrain, including loose wet avalanches on steep sunny slopes and small pockets of wind-drifted snow at the upper elevations.

With snow and strong winds forecast, the avalanche danger may rise by Tuesday morning.
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Weather and Snow
Skies are mostly clear this morning and temperatures are in the upper 20's F. Winds are from the west with gusts in the teens at mid elevations and gusting into the 20's mph along the most-exposed upper ridges.
For today, increasing clouds with temperatures rising into the 30's F. Winds will be from the west and increasing throughout the day, with gusts in the 30's at mid elevations and 40's at upper elevations. Snow showers may develop by late afternoon.
A storm system moves in overnight and into Tuesday with 2-4" of new snowfall expected by later Tuesday. Winds will remain strong throughout this storm, gusting into the 60's mph at upper elevations. High pressure returns by Wednesday.

Although snowfall from last Tuesday's storm held up well - providing excellent travel and riding conditions in the alpine zones - most slopes are now crusted and soft, dry snow can only be found on steep north-facing slopes at the upper elevations.
Recent Avalanches
The only avalanche activity reported over the weekend involved small loose-wet avalanches. We did receive a detailed observation from White Pine Canyon in the Salt Lake mountains on Sunday which highlights how last weekend's warm weather helped heal the persistent weak layer which formed during the Jan/Feb drought.
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Avalanche Problem #1
Normal Caution
The snowpack is stable and human-triggered and natural avalanches are unlikely.
Any avalanche activity today would involve minor loose-wet avalanches on steep sunny slopes and increasing winds may create pockets of small wind slabs at the upper elevations.
Evaluate the snow, terrain and weather conditions as you travel; even a small avalanche can be consequential in steep terrain.

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