SPECIAL NOTE: HALF OF ALL SKIER/SNOWBOARDER FATALITIES SINCE 99/00 HAVE OCCURRED WITH PEOPLE GOING OUT OF BOUNDS AT A SKI AREA.
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This morning temperatures range through the low to mid 20's F, and the southerly winds (shifting between southwest and southeast) continue to blow moderate to strong. At the mid elevations winds are averaging in the teens and 20's mph, with gusts in the 30's mph. Along upper elevation ridges, averages are in the 20's with gusts in the 50's mph.
For today increasing clouds with light snow developing later this afternoon. Temperatures will be in the 20's and low 30's F and the southerly winds will continue to drift snow, averaging in the teens's with gusts in the 30's and 40's mph at mid elevations while averaging in the 20's with gusts in the 50's mph at upper elevations.
We may pick up a few inches of snow by late in the day, and a better chance for snowfall overnight as the flow switches to the northwest. Favored areas (such as the Cottonwoods) may pick up 8-12" by later Saturday.
High pressure moves in by Sunday, but it may be short-lived with a potentially larger storm forecasted by midweek.
Week in Review:
This past week has been active with lots of (1) snow, (2) wind, and (3) avalanches. Catch up by reading our latest Week in Review
Six avalanches were reported from the backcountry on Thursday, three natural and three skier-triggered. Skier-triggered slides include
- Powder Park
(3.5' deep over 150' wide) Wind-loaded northerly slope at 9,400'
And it only took one day for South Monitor to naturally avalanche
once again. The slope naturally avalanched on Wednesday, but strong southerly winds quickly overloaded the slope and it ran again on Thursday, 2' deep and up to 500' wide, running on Nov/Dec facets.
Special Public Announcement: IF you trigger an avalanche near one of the resorts - even if no one is involved - please call it into the ski patrol so they don't have to put themselves in harm's way to conduct a meaningless rescue.
As always, you can find all observations and recent avalanches HERE.