Forecast for the Uintas Area Mountains

Issued by Mark Staples for Friday, April 15, 2022
Today the avalanche danger is MODERATE above treeline where winds from the southwest have formed slabs of wind drifted snow that will be the main avalanche problem.
On slopes without wind drifted snow and slopes near and below treeline, the avalanche danger is LOW and human triggered avalanches are unlikely.
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Special Announcements
Sunday, April 17th is the last of our regularly scheduled daily forecasts for the western Uinta mountains. But, don't let your heart be troubled... I'll continue to update this page with intermittent forecasts if Mother Nature decides to keep the winter switch turned on.
Weather and Snow
It's snowing a little bit this morning. Temperatures are 20 degrees F at upper elevations and closer to 30 degrees at trailheads (11 degrees warmer than yesterday morning). Winds from the southwest are blowing 15-28 mph at upper elevations with gusts up to 36 mph. Storm totals over the last few days are 14 inches of new snow which has settled into dense, creamy powder. The new snow became damp yesterday and should have a thin ice crust this morning mostly below 9000 ft.
An inch of snow could fall this morning under mostly cloudy skies. Clouds should thin throughout the afternoon and the sun may pop out here and there this afternoon. Temperatures should rise to near 30 degrees and winds will continue as they are this morning, perhaps easing some this afternoon.
Unsettled weather with some clouds and a few inches of snow Saturday afternoon/evening followed by clearing skies for Sunday and warmer temperatures.
Photo from upper Weber Canyon yesterday. Note the snow getting a touch damp and sticking to itself in the ski tracks.
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Recent Avalanches
No avalanche activity to report.
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Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
Gusty southwest winds have had plenty of snow to transport and form soft slabs of wind drifted snow. These wind slabs began bonding yesterday with warm spring weather and moments of sunshine that added heat.
Today, the most likely place to trigger a fresh wind slab will be above treeline where winds have been the strongest and the snow has remained the coldest.
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General Announcements
The information in this forecast expires 24 hours after the day and time posted, but will be updated by 07:00 Saturday, April 16th.
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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.