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Forecast for the Uintas Area Mountains

Craig Gordon
Issued by Craig Gordon for
Monday, January 23, 2023
Slightly more complicated, but easy to avoid-
MODERATE avalanche danger is found on steep, upper elevation leeward slopes, especially in the wind zone at and above treeline. Fresh wind drifts reactive to our additional weight are POSSIBLE, particularly on slopes with a west component to their aspect.
Generally LOW avalanche danger is found on all mid and lower elevation slopes.

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Special Announcements
Looking to get out of the house... want a distraction from Sundance... or are you just straight-up snowpack curious and wondering how the Persistent Weak Layer went from Zero to Hero? Well then, you came to the right place! Please join me 6:00 Monday, January 23rd in Park City at the Kimball Junction Library for a State of the Snowpack prezo. It's gonna be informative, educational, and quite possibly entertaining :)
Weather and Snow
Nowcast- Just and inch of snow piled up yesterday, but skies cleared overnight and temperatures began their free fall right around 8:00, quickly cratering into the single digits where they rest early this morning. I thought we might escape the snow damaging winds, but dang... easterly winds finally increased into the 30's and 40's right after dinnertime, though are slowly tapering into the mid 20's at o'dark thirty. The powder party is over in our big, open alpine terrain, but lose some elevation, seek out wind sheltered terrain, and you'll be rewarded with soft, creamy snow.
Forecast- Look for mostly sunny skies with high temperatures barely clawing their way into the low teens. East and northeast winds continue to mellow out and average in the teens and low 20's as the day progresses.
Futurecast- A weak brush-by delivers cold air and a few scattered snow showers for Tuesday with that trend continuing through midweek.

Not exactly Mavericks, but that's ok.. I found some legit tube time Saturday none-the-less.
Ted was near Whiskey Creek yesterday taking advantage of outstanding riding conditions. His take on things found HERE.
Also, I'm super stoked to see Trevor Katz great ob and insight from the south half of the range near Tut Creek. Nice work man... thanks for the beta!
Huge thanks for all the great obs streaming in from the eastern front. Detailed trip reports and recent obs are found HERE.
Recent Avalanches
Saturday, I found a shallow wind drift or two in the north half of the range, while John Climaco found similar wind loading patterns on the south half of the range near Currant Creek. No other significant avy activity to report. But a slew of Uinta avy obs are found HERE.
Snow-Pro, mentor to countless avalanche professionals, all around amazing person, and always keen to rally... Bill Nalli, has a keen eye for all things avalanche and spotted a rather significant, week old slide in Upper Moffit Basin. Deets are found HERE.
Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
Windy Peak (10,662') data dump shows winds blowing from a easterly direction, loading slopes with a west component to their aspect... unusual for us.
There's no shortage of snow available to blow around and recent winds have no problem whipping up a fresh round of shallow drifts sensitive to our additional weight. Found on upper elevation leeward slopes, and cross-loaded in chutes and gullies all over the compass, today's drifts might break slightly deeper than you'd expect, but they're manageable by avoidance... lose a little elevation, you lose the wind and you lose the problem.

Additional Information
Come as you are or grab your black tie... in either case I'd like to visit with you Monday night :)
Colossal water numbers and Herculean snowpack depths are helping the pack turn the corner. This strongly aligns with reasoning to pull the plug on our problem child, the Persistent Weak Layer, which has plagued us since late November... whew!
Weather stations-
And... rime events have severely crippled the Uinta weather station network. I'm working to get it back up and running, but a few stations are found HERE (click weather stations, and then on the Western Uinta tab)
Your observations are important, so please let me know what you're seeing... click HERE and contribute to this amazing community-based program
General Announcements
Issued at 03:23 on Monday January 23rd, this forecast expires 24 hours after the date and time posted, but will be updated by 07:00 Tuesday January 24th, 2023.
Before it gets too crazy, now is the time to book an avalanche awareness presentation for your group, club, or posse. You can reach Craig directly at 801-231-2170 or [email protected].

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.