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Good Morning. This is Ethan Greene with the
Overnight the winds have been
howling across the
The backcountry snowpack
contains a myriad of weak layers, and with snow and wind in the forecast the
question is not if we will see
avalanches but when will they start. Overnight
the winds were quite strong and may have already built a few sensitive wind
slabs. As a cold front moves through the
As you are traveling around the backcountry today pay attention to the consistency of the new snow. As the new snow layer builds and forms a cohesive slab the avalanche danger will rise. If more snow falls than expected, or if the winds remains strong most of the day the avalanche danger will increase very fast.
Bottom Line (SLC,
The avalanche danger is MODERATE this morning but may rise to CONSIDERABLE this afternoon as new snow accumulates. A considerable avalanche danger means that natural avalanches are possible and human triggered avalanches are probable. Winter travelers may want to avoid traveling on or underneath steep slopes during the afternoon.
A fast moving short-wave
trough will bring wind and snow to the
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.
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