Forecast for the Uintas Area Mountains

Issued by Craig Gordon for Wednesday, April 6, 2022
Strong winds from nearly every quadrant of the compass whipped up fresh drifts near and above treeline where MODERATE avalanche danger is found. Human triggered avalanches big enough to boss you around are POSSIBLE on steep, wind drifted slopes. But fret not... because when you lose the wind, you lose the problem, particularly on mid and low elevation wind sheltered slopes where you'll encounter generally LOW avalanche danger and that means human triggered avalanches are UNLIKELY.
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Weather and Snow
Yesterday's North Slope-centric storm stacked up 6"-8" of low density snow, while the south half of the range collected half that amount. Cold air spilled into the region overnight, skies cleared, and temperatures dropped like a rock, crashing into the teens and single digits. Northwest winds blow 20-30 mph near the high peaks creating a windchill that registers to -22 degrees. Riding and turning conditions could be somewhat rugged, but I bet with a little hunting, you can find soft, settled snow on mid and low elevation, wind sheltered slopes.
Look for mostly sunny skies with temperatures climbing into the low 30's. Northwesterly winds are gonna be obnoxious, blowing in the 30's near the high peaks, but decrease as the day wares on. Overnight lows dip into the teens.
Clear skies with warming temperatures and light winds round out the work week. A more stormy pattern is expected to develop by late in the weekend, persisting through much of the upcoming week... I'll keep ya updated as things materialize.
Yesterday's winds nuked, blowing from nearly every direction, torching a lot of big terrain throughout the range. I asked the owner of Inspired Summit Adventures, the ever intrepid Shaun Raskin... "did the snow get torched?" And she says... "like a Portobello in a Traeger". Shaun is seen in the image above, toughing it out and turning the rotisserie yesterday in Gods Living Room, a high alpine jewel near Bald Mountain.
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Recent Avalanches
No significant avalanche activity to report.
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Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
Above is a 24 hour data dump reflecting strong ridgetop winds from Windy Peak (10,662')
Winds have been all over the compass and as such I bet you can find rogue wind drifts formed in some unusual places. While mostly found on the leeward side of upper elevation ridges, be on the lookout for fresh drifts that also formed around terrain features like chutes and gullies. Easy to detect by their fat, rounded appearance, they're easy to avoid by losing elevation and seeking out wind sheltered mid and low elevation terrain.
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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 Thursday, April 7th.
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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.