Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Logan Area Mountains Issued by Toby Weed for Wednesday - February 28, 2018 - 6:41am
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Heightened avalanche conditions exist on drifted upper and mid elevation slopes. Triggered avalanches are possible and there's a MODERATE danger. You'll find excellent Utah powder riding and safer conditions in sheltered, lower angled, and lower elevation terrain.

Evaluate snow and terrain carefully. ‚Äč


I will update this advisory on Friday morning, 3/2/18




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current conditions

You'll still be able to find stellar powder riding and mostly stable snow, especially in sheltered, shady terrain. A couple inches of light snow from yesterday and overnight are hiding stiff deep drifts and wind affected snow. Sastrugi and wind-board crusts of varying thickness exist on windward slopes, and large, recently built cornices and deep drifts are found in lee terrain. Travel through avalanche terrain with caution and a heightened degree of situational awareness after all the recent drifting.

  • The Tony Grove Snotel at 8400' reports 9°F, and there's 77 inches of total snow, with 86% of normal snow water equivalent.
  • Wind conditions are calm this morning at the UDOT Hwy 89 Logan Summit sheds, and it's 1°F.

recent activity

Westerly wind over the weekend caused natural cornice fall and wind slab avalanche activity, and we have reports of a few intentionally triggered wind slabs in drifted terrain. Limited visibility in the past few days has prevented views of most upper elevation terrain.


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

The light powder was easily picked up and drifted into lee slope avalanche starting zones. Wind slabs have perhaps become less sentitive since the drifting slowed Monday, but human triggered avalanches up to about 2 feet-deep are possible in steep drifted terrain.

  • Watch for and avoid drifted snow in and around terrain features like cliff bands, gullies, scoops, and sub-ridges.
  • Wind slabs will be found on the lee side of major ridges, on slopes below cornices, in saddles, and downwind of open fetch areas.
  • Avoid ridge-top cornices, which often break further back than expected and can trigger avalanches on drifted slopes below.
  • In some cases thick drifts formed on slopes with poor snow structure, and some avalanches could step down to buried weak faceted layers.

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

Areas with heightened persistent slab avalanche conditions exist in drifted terrain at upper and mid elevations. Buried layers of weak faceted snow and rain-crusts from late January and early February are suspect. Dangerous human triggered avalanches stepping down into buried persistent weak layers are possible.

  • Continue to avoid steep rocky slopes with shallow snow cover and poor snow structure.
  • Avalanches might be remote triggered, from a distance or below.
  • Cracking and collapsing or whumpfing are red flags indicating unstable snow.
weather

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for Friday morning through late Saturday night. A strengthening low pressure system over the Gulf of Alaska will gradually evolve into a winter storm across much of the region beginning Friday. This storm will remain over the region through the weekend, and could result in widespread heavy snows, especially for the higher elevations through early Sunday.

  • Today Partly sunny, with a high near 21. Wind chill values as low as -8. West wind around 11 mph.
  • Tonight A 20 percent chance of snow showers after 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 14. Wind chill values as low as -1. Southwest wind 7 to 14 mph.
  • Thursday Snow showers, mainly after 11am. High near 27. Wind chill values as low as -1. Breezy, with a south wind 17 to 24 mph, with gusts as high as 38 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 3 inches possible.
general announcements

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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.