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Forecast for the Uintas Area Mountains

Craig Gordon
Issued by Craig Gordon for
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Kinda predictable these days-
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 south component to their aspect.
Generally LOW avalanche danger is found on all mid and lower elevation slopes.

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Weather and Snow
Nowcast- Cold, unsettled air ushered in a band of low density snow overnight, delivering a thin coat of white paint to the Uinta zone. High clouds drift through the area early this morning and man it's crisp, with temperatures hovering right around zero. Northerly winds blowing 20-30 mph are every bit as obnoxious as yesterday, adding an waste of weather insult to injury bite to the air. Riding and turning conditions have taken a bit of a hit and there's lots of bottom feeding in the alpine. However, lose some elevation and steer your snow riding rig to low angle, wind sheltered terrain and you'll be rewarded with soft, creamy snow.
Forecast- Expect partly cloudy skies and slightly warmer temperatures, but we're still stuck in the deep freeze with daytime highs only reaching into the low 20's. Finger numbing northerly winds blow in the 30's near the high peaks.
Futurecast- More organized storminess materializes to round out the work week. Look for increasing clouds late Friday with a shallow refresh overnight and 3"-5" of snow to kick off the weekend. On again, off again snow showers are expected through the weekend. A better shot of snow evolves for early next week.

A spectacular image from a recent stomp about on the east side of the range. Click HERE for a great trip report from Henry's Fork.
Huge thanks for all the great obs streaming in from the eastern front. Detailed trip reports and recent obs are found HERE.
Recent Avalanches
No significant recent avalanche activity to report. However, if ya wanna geek out, click HERE to track this years slide activity throughout the range.
Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
24 hour data dump from Windy Peak (10,662')
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
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. I've been taking advantage of a predictable snowpack, stepping into bigger terrain, and enjoying spectacular views... what a treat!
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 03:17 on Thursday January 26th, this forecast expires 24 hours after the date and time posted, but will be updated by 07:00 Friday January 27th, 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.