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Good morning, this is Ethan
Greene with the
Convective and lake effect
precipitation bands blanketed the mountains with snow overnight. Six to 10 inches fell in the
Snowfall totals for the week
are 50 to 70 inches in the Cottonwood Canyons, 30 in the
Due to the large size and
dangerous nature of recent avalanches, I have continued the Special Avalanche
Advisory for the
Yesterday a group of 10 snowboarders were caught in a large avalanche in the Pioneer Peak/Dog Lake area. Two members of the group were buried and killed. I have not yet received any additional information on this tragic accident, but I will put more details on the extended line as they arrive. Early reports indicate that the avalanche was 4 to 6 feet deep and several hundred feet wide.
There were several other
human triggered avalanches reported yesterday from the
The stability pattern continues to be quite complex - a bit like having land mines scattered throughout the backcountry. While the chance of triggering one of these slides may only be localized, the consequences if you do could easily be fatal.
Snow pits, cornice drops and ski and snowmobile tracks may not be good indications of snowpack stability. To stay safe keep your slope angles down and use your safe travel skills. Slides could be triggered remotely, so also watch the angle of the slopes above and to the sides of you.
Today the avalanche danger in the
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE. Very large and dangerous human triggered avalanches are possible.
Same as above.
A series of small disturbances are moving through a broad upper level trough. The first system should continue to produce mountain snow though mid day. There will be a break in the cloud cover in the afternoon, but the next system could arrive before the end of the day. Westerly winds in the 15 mph range will shift to the southwest this afternoon and northwest overnight. Temperatures will rise into the mid 20s at 8,000 and to near 10 degrees at 10,000. Periods of heavy snow are expected overnight with 4 to 12 inches dependent on location. Heavy snow could continue through mid day on Monday as the trough axis passes.
Wasatch Powderbird Guides will be flying in American Fork Area today. For more information call 521-6040 ext. 5280.
To report backcountry snow and avalanche conditions, especially if you observe or trigger an avalanche, you can leave a message at (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140. Or you can e-mail an observation to [email protected], or you can fax an observation to 801-524-6301.
For more detailed mountain weather and avalanche information, your can call 801-364-1591, which well try to have updated by around noon each day.
The information in this advisory is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.
I will update this advisory by on Monday morning.
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