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Good Morning. This is Ethan Greene with the
Yesterday’s storm kind of
fizzled out bringing 1 to 3 inches to the
Yesterday the strong winds moved both the new and old snow around creating sensitive wind slabs mostly on north through east aspects. These wind slabs were around 6 inches deep and quite sensitive. Some of the slabs were near ridgelines, but the strong winds also built slabs lower down on open slopes and along the sides of gullies and sub ridges. Several observers noted that you could move in and out of wind loaded areas very quickly and described the distribution as “pockety”.
Today should be more of the same. Southwest winds are already increasing into the 25 mph range, and this trend should continue most of the day. Keep an eye out for fresh deposits of wind loaded snow. They will be smooth and puffy looking, and may be scattered around each basin. The avalanche danger is greatest on any steep slope where you can find dense hard snow sitting on top of loose sugary snow. Even though we did not get much new snow yesterday, our fragile snowpack could barely handle 6 inches of wind-loaded snow.
Bottom Line (SLC,
The avalanche danger is MODERATE today in all wind loaded areas. Wind loaded areas will include, but are not limited to upper elevation ridgelines. Wind pockets exist lower down on open slopes and along smaller terrain features. In non-windloaded areas the avalanche danger is generally LOW.
High pressure is building at
the surface over eastern
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.
Bruce Tremper will update this advisory by on Tuesday morning.
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