Forecast for the Skyline Area Mountains

Brett Kobernik
Issued by Brett Kobernik for
Friday, January 20, 2023
The majority of terrain on the Skyline has a MODERATE danger rating today.
Human triggered avalanches are unlikely on the majority of the Skyline terrain.
Places where human triggered avalanches could be possible are on very steep upper elevation slopes that face northwest through southeast where the wind has created fresh drifts.
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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 weak storm moved through last night and brought a trace to 2 inches of new snow. Temperatures have dropped back into the single digits overnight. The wind has been from the with pretty light speeds. Riding conditions remain as good as it gets.
Mountain Weather: We're going to see clouds today with high temperatures in the mid to upper teens. It's possible the sun might peek through the clouds this afternoon. The wind will shift and be more from the north and with a slight increase in speed but overall it should remain pretty light all day. Saturday should be a pretty nice day although there's enough low level moisture that could keep the peaks shrouded in clouds at least for part of the day. Temperatures will be in the teens. Another weak storm moves through Sunday afternoon bringing a trace to a few inches of snow.
Avalanche Problem #1
Normal Caution
As time goes on, the chances for triggering an avalanche decrease. However, as always, if you're looking for trouble, you could probably find it. Exposed high elevation very steep slopes where the wind has deposited snow and formed drifts and slabs would be the locations where someone might trigger an avalanche. The avalanches most likely would only involve the newer snow and won't be all that deep or wide.
If you use a little common sense and don't hit the most radical terrain, you'll be safe today.
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.