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Good Morning. This is Tom Kimbrough with the
While we’re waiting for Old Man Winter to reappear, we are doing afternoon updates on the phone lines and internet.
Yesterday temperatures climbed to near 40 degrees at 8,000’ and into the upper 20’s at 10,000’. Ridge top winds have been light out of the northwest and are now blowing about 15 mph with gusts in the twenties. At mountain temperatures were twenties and low thirties.
The recent warm and sunny
weather has melted most of the snow off southerly and westerly facing slopes. On the shady northwest, north and northeast
facing slopes above about 9,000’ there are pa
There are almost no avalanche problems at this time. It is possible to start shallow, loose snow sluffs on very steep shady slopes but that is about it. These same areas where there is lots of loose sugar snow will be very dangerous when a storm finally arrives. Until then, practice with your avalanche beacon; when the weather changes it is going to be scary out there.
Bottom Line (SLC,
The avalanche danger is generally LOW today.
High, thin clouds have moved
over the Wasa
Temperatures today will get into the upper thirties at 8,000 feet and near thirty at 10,000. Winds will be light to moderate over the ridges from the west and northwest. Expect overnight lows in the twenties and highs Saturday in the thirties. There may be a chance for a few inches of new snow about next Tuesday and the longer range forecasts are hinting at a possible pattern change in about a week to 10 days.
A great Christmas present for someone you love is an avalanche beacon. To help you decide which one to buy, we have posted a couple recent tests of various brands of avalanche beacons on the web. Point your browser to www.avalanche.org and click on Salt Lake, then on Education. At the same location, you can find a complete list of avalanche talks and multi-day classes.
To report backcountry snow and avalanche conditions, especially if you observe or trigger an avalanche, call (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email to [email protected] or fax to 801-524-6301. 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.
Evelyn Lees will update this advisory on Saturday.
Thanks for calling!
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