Forecast for the Uintas Area Mountains

Mark Staples
Issued by Mark Staples for
Thursday, April 20, 2023
The avalanche danger today is LOW. By later today if a few inches of snow fall and. winds pick up, there could be a few, shallow slabs of wind drifted snow that could make very small avalanches.
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Special Announcements
The last daily forecast will be Sunday, April 23. We will provide intermittent updates with any storm until Sunday, May 7th and will continue posting backcountry observations until then.
The UAC is sad to report that a resident was killed by a roof avalanche on Monday, April 17th, in the Town of Brighton. A report is available HERE. Many communities still have a lot of snow on roofs that could produce similar avalanches.
Weather and Snow
Cold air remains over the area with temperatures this morning mostly in the mid-teens F. Despite some sunshine yesterday, temperatures only climbed to the mid and upper 20s F for just a few hours before cooling off.
Winds have generally been pretty light from the west. Today they'll blow about 15 mph from the west-northwest and increase a bit later in the afternoon.
Skies should be mostly cloudy all day and drop an inch or two of snow.
Previous runs of weather models showed warm air moving up this weekend, but currently, they are showing a northwest flow remaining over northern Utah and bringing colder air. There's a good chance for a few more inches of snow tomorrow.
Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
By the end of today if several inches of snow fall and winds pick up, there could be a few, shallow soft slabs of wind drifted snow above treeline. Anyone getting into upper elevation couloirs and gullies should watch for these wind slabs near the tops of ridges. The main hazard is being swept off your feet.
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.