Forecast for the Uintas Area Mountains
Issued by Craig Gordon for Monday, December 2, 2019 - 4:04am
HEADS UP... WE'VE GOT THE PERFECT RECIPE FOR AN AVALANCHE ACCIDENT. TRIGGERING AN AVALANCHE THAT BREAKS TO WEAK SNOW NEAR THE GROUND WILL RESULT IN A DEEP, DANGEROUS SLIDE WHICH WILL INSTANTLY RUIN YOUR DAY.
Avalanche avoidance is key and it's really quite easy.... simply stay off of and out from under steep wind drifted slopes.
For today, in the wind zone at upper elevations, the avalanche danger is HIGH. Human triggered avalanches are very likely on steep slopes facing the north half of the compass, particularly those that harbor weak, pre-existing snow.
In addition, last nights winds whipped up fresh drifts near the ridges at mid and upper elevations, cross-loading terrain and creating dangerous avalanche conditions, especially on slopes facing the north half of the compass. Expect pockets of CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger on steep mid elevation, wind drifted slopes, where human triggered avalanches are likely.
A MODERATE avalanche danger exists on all steep, wind drifted lower elevation slopes and human triggered avalanches are possible.
Here's your exit strategy-
Wind sheltered low elevation terrain that held no old snow prior to the Thanksgiving storm generally offers LOW avalanche danger and human triggered avalanches are unlikely. South facing terrain with no old snow and big open meadows with no steep terrain above or adjacent to where you're riding is the ticket.
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