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Good Morning.† This is Ethan Greene with the
Get out your grass skirt and
guava juice, because last night it was down right tropical in the mountains of
The snow surface is a mix of faceted snow and crusts.† Yesterday I received reports of good dust-on-crust turning conditions in upper elevation areas, and nice loud powder turning in areas sheltered from the wind and sun.
Today is going to be an interesting day in the backcountry.† The backcountry snowpack is generally thin and weak.† The new snow that fell late last week has also faceted leaving the snow surface a mix of surface hoar, near-surface facets, and a variety of wind and sun crusts.† Today the wind is going to blow and itís going to rain! †Temperatures should be cooling during the day and I donít expect much precipitation until the afternoon.† However, you may want to pack your slicker incase the precipitation starts in earnest before the colder air arrives.
With tropical temperatures and rain in January, we are most certainly in the middle of an odd weather event.† If my numerical crystal ball is correct, our avalanche conditions will not change significantly until after sunset.† However, today the most important thing to remember is that odd weather events produce odd avalanches.
Bottom Line (SLC,
Today the avalanche danger is probably LOW this morning, but will be increasing during the day.† With strong winds and rain turning to snow the avalanche danger may rise to MODERATE this afternoon and could continue to rise overnight.††
Wind speeds and cloud cover will increase today ahead of a fast moving Pacific Storm.† Temperatures are quite warm this morning, but I expect most areas will gradually cool during the day.† High temperatures will be in the low 40ís at 8,000í and low 30ís at 10,000í.† Southwest winds will increase in to the 25 mph range, but along the highest ridgelines we could see sustained speeds in the 30 to 40 mph range this afternoon.† Precipitation will spread south during the day.† The rain/snow line could be as high as 9,000í today, but should drop to 7,000í overnight.† I expect an inch or two of snow could accumulate by sundown and an additional 4 to 8 inches by Tuesday morning.
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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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