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Good Morning. This is Ethan Greene with the
Mountain temperatures showed significant variation last night with some areas dropping into the mid 20’s and others remaining in the mid 30’s. It appears the freezing level was near 8,000’ at most locations. Skies have been mostly cloudy overnight, and there is a trace of new snow. The wind has generally been from the west in the 15 mph range. Along the highest peaks the wind has been blowing in the 30 mph range with gusts over 50 mph.
Sun crusts cover most south, east, and west facing slopes. While dense powder remains on northerly aspects. Yesterday’s warm temperatures dampened the snow below about 8,000’.
Yesterday’s spring like
weather would have been welcome if it wasn’t January. Over the last two days we have seen unseasonably
warm temperatures in the
Yesterday I traveled along the Mill Creek/Big Cottonwood Canyon ridgeline and found many thick wind drifts that formed during the last week. These drifts were quite firm and did not have much of a reaction as I walked across them. However if you found a thin spot the weak snow near the ground would collapse creating a large whoofing sound. In one of the steep chutes off of Wilson Peak, which faces northeast at about 9,500’, I was able to jump around on a deep drift without any results, but by skiing onto a subridge I triggered an avalanche 1 to 2’ deep and 70’ wide (photo1, photo2).
Backcountry skiers were also able
to trigger slides on northwest and northeast aspects of
Out of our area, but still of interest, a snowmobiler was caught and buried on a steep east facing slope near Tower Mountain in the Daniel’s Summit Area. Fortunately he got one hand above the snow surface and his companions were able to dig him out with only minor injuries.
Many areas below 8,000’ may a marginal refreeze this morning. Temperatures should be cooler most of the day, but until the snow cools wet slide potential remains in low elevation areas.
Bottom Line (SLC,
The avalanche danger remains CONSIDERABLE on slopes facing northwest, north, northeast and east, above about 8,500’ and about 35 degrees or steeper; that’s about the steepness of a black diamond slope at a ski resort. Human triggered avalanches are probable in these areas. The danger of wet slides will be decreasing from MODERATE today in areas below 8,000’. On southerly facing slopes the avalanche danger is generally LOW.
A weak low pressure system
will move through northern
For more details on recent avalanche activity call 364-1591.
Wasatch Powderbird Guides will not be flying today.
The Friends of the Utah
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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