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Forecast for the Skyline Area Mountains

Issued by Brett Kobernik for Sunday, April 24, 2022
Special Announcements
Avalanche forecasts for the Manti Skyline will be intermittent and storm dependent through the rest of April.
Weather and Snow
Current Conditions
A few more inches of snow trickled in over the last 24 hours. Today you'll find 6 to 8 inches total new snow from the last few days. Strong northwest wind continued on Saturday and has finally slowed down overnight. Temperatures stayed fairly cool on Saturday and the new snow only got wet at lower elevations. Temperatures dropped into the upper teens to low 20s overnight.
Mountain Weather
We'll see mostly cloudy skies today and one last shot of snow late this afternoon. High temperatures will get into the low to mid 30s. Northwest wind should remain light to moderate in speed. We'll see clear skies and a warming trend starting Monday.
Recent Avalanches
During fieldwork travel on Saturday my partner and I stumbled onto an interesting and significant avalanche in Blue Slide Fork. It was a wet slab that released naturally most likely on Tuesday of last week during the very warm temperatures. It released because the high elevation north facing terrain is finally changing from cold snow to wet snow. The avalanche broke down to the mid season Persistent Weak Layer of sugary facets which became damp. I thought there was a chance that we might see this type of activity this spring but I wasn't expecting it just yet. I would avoid being on or under steep upper elevation north facing slopes later this week as the temperatures warm again. These will most likely just release naturally when they want to. It's unlikely that a person will trigger one but you just don't want to be in the right place at the wrong time.
Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
The wind was relentless during the storm. First it was out of the southwest then it switched to the northwest. On Saturday my partner and I found numerous fresh drifts up to a foot and a half deep. We did not see any cracking in any of these drifts. We hit numerous steep slopes where the drifts were present and only experienced minor cracking. That said, if you are looking for an avalanche today, it will most likely be just below the ridgelines on upper elevation north through southeast facing slopes.
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.