In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah
Monday, April 14, 2003
Good Afternoon. This is Ethan Greene with the
Snow surface conditions can
only be described as variable. Today I
found mostly damp snow with a thin surface crust below about 8,000. Between 8,000 and 9,000 the surface crust
is mostly breakable and becomes wet during the day. Above about 10,000 the snow is mostly dry
with both breakable and supportable surfaces.
The good news is that the old dirt layer and the spring sunshine have
combined to form a mosaic of wet and dry pa
Last night temperatures
dipped into the mid 30s at 8,000 (low 40s in the
Over the past few days the
wet activity has been limited to fairly small point release avalanches on steep
sun exposed slopes. Temperatures have
been slowly cooling over the past 36 hours, and as a result the danger from wet
avalanches is decreasing. The most
interesting avalanche activity reported was a slide in Bunnels
Fork in the
By Tuesday morning well have some new snow and moderate winds. The new snow should sit comfortably on the old rough surface, but fresh wind drifts will be sensitive to your weight. Use small slopes to gather information on the new snow stability, and approach deep wind drifts with caution.
Bottom Line (SLC,
On Tuesday morning the avalanche danger will generally be LOW. As more snow accumulates during the day the avalanche danger will likely rise to MODERATE especially on steep slopes with fresh wind drift. If more than 12 inches of snow falls during the day the avalanche danger could reach CONSIDERABLE.
A deep Pacific trough is
moving into 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 some time Tuesday afternoon.
Thanks for calling!
For an explanation of avalanche danger ratings: