In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah
Saturday, April 12, 2003
Good Morning. This is Ethan Greene with the
Under mostly cloudy skies
temperatures dipped into the upper 30’s at 8,000’ and mid 30’s at 10,000’ (mid
40’s at 8,000’ in the
Yesterday the crusts softened by mid morning and corn hunting required careful aspect management. Although morning low temperatures are quite similar today, with cloudy skies the refreeze will be quite shallow this morning. Surface crusts will be breakable in mid elevation areas. But believe it or not there is still some soft snow on due north aspects above about 10,000’.
Over the past four days the backcountry avalanche activity has been limited to wet point-release avalanches running in the surface snow. The only exception was a slab avalanche that broke off of a steep rock slab in Broads Fork on Tuesday.
Overnight temperatures have
been above freezing for the past three nights.
Radiative cooling has helped the snow refreeze
each night, but last night high clouds inhibited cooling at the snow surface. Today the skies will become partly cloudy by
mid day and high temperatures will rise into the mid 50’s. It might be a good day to go for a climb, a bike
ride, or ca
Bottom Line (SLC,
Today the avalanche danger is MODERATE at all elevations and on all aspects. With daytime heating the danger from natural avalanches will increase and may reach CONSIDERABLE on sun exposed slopes in the afternoon.
Today southwest winds will
increase as a deep Pacific trough moves inland.
Temperatures will rise into the mid 50’s at 8,000’ and to near 40
degrees at 10,000’. Skies will be mostly
cloudy this morning and become partly cloudy this afternoon. Southwest winds will increase into the 30 mph range
during the day. Cloud cover and wind
speeds will increase on Sunday with rain and snow likely on Monday. Mountains snow showers will continue into
Tuesday. High pressure briefly builds in
on Wednesday and a second trough is forecast to move into
Tomorrow will be the last morning advisory of the 2002-2003 season. We will issue
afternoon updates on 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 Sunday morning.
Thanks for calling!
For an explanation of avalanche danger ratings: