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Forecast for the Skyline Area Mountains

Brett Kobernik
Issued by Brett Kobernik for
Thursday, January 19, 2023
The majority of terrain on the Skyline has a MODERATE danger rating today.
Human triggered avalanches are possible along the higher exposed ridges and peaks.
Watch for fresh drifts, pillows of snow or wind drifted slabs on steep terrain in the higher elevations.
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Special Announcements
The Utah Avalanche Center, Snow Big Deal and Sanpete County Search and Rescue will be hosting a FREE AVALANCHE BEACON TRAINING on Saturday, Jan 21 from 9am to 1pm at the north Skyline Drive parking lot at the top of Fairview Canyon. Come by anytime between 9 and 1 and we will spend about a half hour with you teaching you how to properly use your avalanche beacon, shovel and probe.
Weather and Snow
Current Conditions: A few more inches of snow trickled in Wednesday morning. Riding conditions are completely top notch. It's cold out this morning. Mountain temperatures dropped into the single digits. Wind from the west northwest picked up speed along the higher terrain late Wednesday and overnight. It does not look like it is getting down into the canyons much.
Mountain Weather: Today will be cloudy with the chance for light snow afternoon and tonight. I'm not expecting more than a trace to a few inches of accumulation. Temperatures will get into the mid teens. Wind speed should slow and be mostly light from the southwest. Friday looks cloudy with temperatures in the teens again. We may see some sun on Saturday then more clouds and another weak storm moves in Sunday.
Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
The new snow appears mostly stable. The exception would be along the highest ridges and peaks where the wind has been blowing and drifting snow. Avoid steep slopes where you see fresh drifts and "pillowy" looking formations. If the snow feels stiff instead of light and powdery, you are probably in an area that has been wind effected and should watch your slope angles.
General Announcements
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.