Forecast for the Uintas Area Mountains

Issued by Mark Staples for Friday, April 8, 2022
Today the avalanche danger is LOW meaning that human-triggered avalanches are unlikely, but watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. There could be a few, shallow, slabs of wind drifted snow that may cause a small slide.
Expect a noticeable change in the weather pattern starting this weekend with much colder temperatures by Sunday and a decent chance for snow next week.
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Weather and Snow
This morning temperatures range from 28-30 degrees F with winds from the northwest averaging 15 mph at upper elevations. Clear skies and temperatures just below freezing allowed the snow to refreeze overnight.
Today will be especially warm with high temperatures climbing into the mid 40s F, and winds will remain light.
A few high clouds may arrive late today and winds should pick up a little from the southwest ahead of a cold front arriving Saturday. A few snowflakes may fall tomorrow with no accumulations. Overall temperatures begin dropping tomorrow and will be in the teens F by Sunday. Most of next week should be cold with a good chance for snow Tues/Wed (maybe 10-20 inches).
SNOW early this week (6-8 inches) gave a nice refresh to the snow surface as Ted found in Whitney Basin yesterday. On south-facing slopes, it has been through two melt/freeze cycles and should be "corn-ish" snow this morning as it warms and melts. The snow on north-facing slopes became damp yesterday and should have an ice crust on top this morning that will soften as it melts.
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Recent Avalanches
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Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
A little bit of new snow and a little bit of wind in the middle of the week created a few slabs of wind drifted snow that could avalanche today. These wind slabs are isolated. On Notch Mountain yesterday, Nikki and I found very few of these, and most seemed glued in place from warm temperatures.
Still, I'd be looking for them and assessing their stability if going into terrain where a small slide could have big consequences by knocking me off my feet.
The photo below of Notch Mountain shows lots of wind scouring and little wind deposition.
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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 9th.
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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.