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Good Morning. This is Ethan Greene with the
Yesterday a southward moving
low pressure system brought snow and wind to the
The snow surface is covered with sun crusts and wind slabs in most locations, but you can still find some dense powder on shady wind sheltered slopes. The hard surface layers are generally unsupportable on all but very south facing slopes.
Our string of human triggered
avalanches continued yesterday. While
walking up the west ridge of Reynolds Peak a skier remotely triggered an
avalanche 100 away on a north-facing slope that was steeper than 35
degrees. The slide was over 2 deep and
150 wide. There was another remotely
triggered avalanche in
Although there has been no natural avalanche activity reported in the last four days, within the last twenty days there has been a human triggered avalanche reported every day except for one. Most of these avalanches have been triggered from shallow or rocky areas, and many of them have been triggered remotely. I hope that this level of activity speaks for itself. The backcountry avalanche conditions remain quite tricky and very dangerous on northwest through east facing slopes, steeper than 35 degrees and above 8,500.
Over the next few days mountain temperatures will be on the rise. Today wet point release avalanches are possible on steep sun exposed slopes. As the week continues it may become more difficult to trigger avalanches into old snow from thick areas, but if you hit a thin spot you could trigger a large and dangerous avalanche.
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; thats about the steepness of a black diamond slope at a ski resort. Human triggered avalanches are probable in these areas. There is a MODERATE danger of wet point release avalanches on steep sun exposed slopes. By staying on southerly slopes and slopes less than about 30 degrees in steepness you can stay in terrain were the avalanche danger is generally LOW.
The low pressure system that
brought us snow yesterday will continue to move to the south today as high
pressure builds in from the northwest. Today,
under mostly sunny skies temperatures will rise into the upper 30s at 8,000
and to near 30 degrees at 10,000.
Southeast winds in the 20 mph range this morning, should drop into the
10 mph this afternoon. High pressure is
forecast to bring mild weather to the
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.
Bruce Tremper will update this advisory by on Tuesday morning.
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