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Sunday, February 09, 2003
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Good Morning. This is Evelyn Lees with the
Under mostly cloudy skies, it’s another single digit morning in the mountains, with temperatures below 10 degrees at most elevations. The winds are increasing, and are averaging 15 to 25 mph from the west and northwest, with gusts into the 30’s. Most sunny slopes got crusted yesterday, and the areas of wind damage will become more widespread in exposed terrain today. But there continues to be enchantingly fine settled powder on the sheltered, shady slopes.
Another slide was remotely
triggered in the backcountry yesterday by a group skinning up the Monte Cristo
ridgeline. The slide was on a
southeasterly facing slope, 2 to 3’ deep, 300’ wide and long running, with the
air blast dusting the Little Cottonwood Highway. This brings the close calls in the
Today, the winds are significantly increasing hazard as they start to drift the snow. Expect to find sensitive drifts along ridges and in exposed locations, and drifts cross loaded along sub ridges and gully walls. Developing cornices may break back further than expected. As always, avoid any steep slope with recent wind drifts.
Bottom Line (SLC,
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on slopes steeper than about 35 degrees that face northwest, north, northeast and east and are above about 9,000 feet (Ogden – MODERATE above 8,500), and CONSIDERABLE on any steep slope with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. Out of wind affected terrain, on slopes less steep than 35 degrees, at lower elevations and on south facing slopes, the avalanche danger is generally LOW.
A cold, northwesterly flow will continue over the area for one more day. Mostly cloudy skies today and tonight, with occasional snow flurries. Highs will be near 10 at 10,000’ and near 20 at 8,000’. The moderate northwesterly winds will average 20 to 25 mph across the ridges. Cold once again tonight, with lows in the single digits. Significant warming and increasing winds Monday through Wednesday, with the next chance for snowfall at the end of the week as a warm Pacific storm moves in.
We will be giving a free avalanche awareness talk at Milo Sport on Wednesday, February 12th at . They are on 3300 South and 3119 East.
The Friends of 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.
Bruce Tremper will update this advisory by on Monday morning.
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