Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Logan Area Mountains Issued by Toby Weed for Wednesday - January 10, 2018 - 7:02am
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Dangerous avalanche conditions exist on many slopes in the backcountry, and with heavy snow and drifting from westerly winds, the danger will rise to HIGH today in many areas.

  • Avoid travel in backcountry avalanche terrain.
  • Stay off and out from under steep slopes with saturated snow at all elevations.
  • Avoid steep drifted slopes and stay clear of obvious or historic avalanche paths.




avalanche warning

THE FOREST SERVICE UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER IN SALT LAKE CITY HAS ISSUED A BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.

* TIMING…IN EFFECT FROM 6 AM MST THIS MORNING TO 6 AM MST THURSDAY

* AFFECTED AREA…FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF NORTHERN AND CENTRAL UTAH INCLUDING THE WASATCH RANGE...PROVO AREA MOUNTAINS...BEAR RIVER RANGE...WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS...WASATCH PLATEAU/MANTI SKYLINE...FISH LAKE AREA MOUNTAINS....

* AVALANCHE DANGER…THE AVALANCHE DANGER IS HIGH.

* IMPACTS…HEAVY SNOW HAS OVERLOADED THE PREEXISTING WEAK SNOW PACK. THE AVALANCHE DANGER IS HIGH AND BOTH HUMAN TRIGGERED AND NATURAL AVALANCHES ARE LIKELY. TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT RECOMMENDED. AVALANCHES CAN BE TRIGGERED FROM A DISTANCE AND FROM BELOW. STAY OFF OF AND OUT FROM UNDER SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES.

BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS SHOULD CONSULT WWW.UTAHAVALANCHECENTER.ORG OR CALL 1-888-999-4019 FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION.

THIS WARNING DOES NOT APPLY TO SKI AREAS WHERE AVALANCHE HAZARD REDUCTION MEASURES ARE PERFORMED.

current conditions

The Tony Grove Snotel at 8400' reportes about 6 inches of heavy new snow, and temperatures are dropping, now 31°F. There's 47 inches of total snow containing 98% of normal SWE (Snow Water Equivalent). It's 32°F at the UDOT Hwy 89 Summit weather station, with 10 to 15 mph wind, from the west-northwest. Temperatures, snow line, and snow densities should all gradually drop during the day. Dangerous avalanche conditions exist on many slopes in the backcountry, and with heavy snow and drifting from westerly winds, the danger will continue to rise today.

  • The Tony Grove Road is not maintained for wheeled travel in the winter.
  • Shallow snow conditions exist, and we've seen numerous badly damaged sleds recently. The new snow will hide rocks and down trees.
  • Travel cautiously and keep your speed down. ‚Äč

recent activity

We have reports of numerous recent intentionally human triggered wet and persistent slab avalanches, most with avalanche reduction programs at the various ski areas in the northern and central Wasatch Mountains

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
description

Dangerous persistent slab avalanches are possible, and conditions are likely to get much more dangerous today on slopes with poor snow structure, which exist in many areas. Sugary faceted snow is so weak in some areas that only a few additional inches of snow today might be enough to cause avalanches.

  • Pay attention to possible signs of instability like cracking and whumpfing or collapsing.
  • Dangerous avalanches could be triggered remotely, from a distance, or below.
Avalanche Problem 2
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
description

Increasing westerly winds are drifting fresh snow in exposed terrain, depositing it on leeward slopes and in and around terrain features. Wind slab avalanches consisting of drifted fresh snow are possible, especially where last week's surface snow was exceptionally weak. Drifting snow will form dangerous wind slab avalanche conditions in exposed upper elevation terrain today.

  • Wind slab avalanches, 1 to 2 feet deep are possible in exposed terrain at upper elevations.
  • Watch for and avoid stiffer drifted snow on the lee side of major ridges and in and around terrain features like sub-ridges, cliff bands, gullies, and scoops.
  • A ride in even a small avalanche could be particularly dangerous due shallow snow and the potential for being dragged through rocks below.
Avalanche Problem 3
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
description

Rain on the weak snow at lower and mid-elevations has created dangerous wet avalanche conditions. Triggered loose wet avalanches or sluffs, entraining all of the saturated loose sugary snow on the ground, are likely, and dangerous wet slab avalanches are possible on mid-elevation slopes where rain saturated snow with poor structure.

  • Stay off of and out from under steep slopes with saturated snow.
weather

The upper low tracking east across Arizona will maintain light precipitation across portions of southern and eastern Utah this morning. A second weather disturbance will cross northern and central Utah today. A moist westerly flow aloft will remain across northern Utah through Friday, followed by a drying and warming trend for the weekend.

  • Today: Snow. Temperature falling to around 20 by 5pm. West northwest wind 16 to 18 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. Total daytime snow accumulation of 3 to 7 inches possible.
  • Tonight: A 30 percent chance of snow, mainly before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. Northwest wind 11 to 17 mph. New snow accumulation of less than one inch possible.
  • Thursday: A 40 percent chance of snow, mainly after 11am. Cloudy, with a high near 29. Southwest wind 10 to 18 mph. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
general announcements

Discount lift tickets for Alta, Snowbird, Brighton, Solitude, Deer Valley, Snowbasin, and Beaver Mountain are now available, donated by the resorts to benefit the Utah Avalanche Center. Details and order information here. All proceeds go towards paying for avalanche forecasting and education!

We're excited to introduce for the 2017/2018 winter the Utah Avalanche Center podcast, hosted by forecaster Drew Hardesty and produced by KUER's Benjamin Bombard. The podcast will include engaging stories, interviews, and lessons learned - all things avalanche to help keep people on top of the snow instead of buried beneath it - and easily found on ITunes, Stitcher, the UAC blog, or wherever you get your podcasts.

Now is a great time to practice companion rescue techniques with your backcountry partners. Here's our rescue practice video.

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This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.