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Tuesday, February 25, 2003
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Good Morning. This is Tom Kimbrough with the
Light density snow continued
to add up overnight, especially in the southern portions of the range. Sundance is reporting a foot of new snow
overnight, the Cottonwoods about 6 inches, with about 4 inches in the
There were three slides
reported from the backcountry yesterday.
One was a large slide reported from a distance in No-Name Bowl on the
Today’s avalanche problems will be distributed geographically, both horizontally and vertically. The southern parts of the range that have received the most new snow will have the greatest danger. Plus, the upper elevation ridges and gullies will have a greater danger on all slopes that are receiving wind drifted snow. In many areas north of about the American Fork drainage, where there is less snow and little wind, the danger will be less.
It is still possible to trigger avalanches on the deeper weak layers in all areas, especially on very steep slopes facing the north half of the compass that have a thin snow pack, particularly slopes that have avalanched previously this season. Also any avalanches in the new snow may step down into deeper layers, producing very dangerous slides.
In the southern parts of the range that already have a foot of new snow with more on the way, the danger is greater with natural avalanches possible. People should avoid steep slopes and avalanche runout areas.
Bottom Line (SLC,
The avalanche danger today is CONSIDERABLE in the southern parts of the range and may rise to HIGH with additional accumulations. In the northern parts of the range that have received less new snow, the danger is MODERATE, with human triggered avalanches possible. There is also a MODERATE danger of triggering very dangerous avalanches into deeper weak layers on slopes facing northwest, north, northeast and east, steeper than about 35 degrees and that are above about 9,000 feet.
As this storm proceeds
through southern and central
To report backcountry snow and avalanche conditions, especially if you observe or trigger an avalanche, please leave a message on our answer machine at (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email to [email protected] or fax to 801-524-6301. Your information could save someone’s life. 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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