In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah
Tuesday, April 22, 2003
Good afternoon. This is Evelyn Lees with the
Well, even the most aggressive ski area marketing department wouldn’t be able to measure much out of the inch or two of damp snow the mountains received through today. But snow showers are continuing this afternoon, and another inch or two may accumulate at the higher elevations. Winds are light, less than 10 miles per hour, from the southeast. Temperatures are warm, with daytime highs reaching into the low 40’s at 8,000’ and near 30 at 11,000’. If you can find a smooth slope, the damp dust on crust turning is fun and fast, and the crusts are supportable on most aspects and elevations.
The warm and moist spring weather will persist through Wednesday evening. Snow showers and thunderstorms will continue tonight and Wednesday, with 1 to 4 inches of snow possible tonight and another 1 to 4” possible again tomorrow. Lows tonight will be near 30 at 8,000’ and near 25 at 10,000’. Winds will be generally light for the next 24 hours, in the 5 to 15 mph range, from the south to west. Highs on Wednesday will be similar to today’s, in the low to mid 40’s at 8,000’ and near freezing at 10,000’. The snow level will lower to 7,500’ overnight, and then rise to 9000’ on Wednesday. There will be a brief break on Thursday, with colder storm moving in on Friday.
The avalanche business is very
quiet at the moment, with sluffing of the new snow the main concern. If you head out on Wednesday, wa
Of interest for the future, today my partners and I experienced numerous localized collapses on southerly facing slopes. If you dig down beneath the frozen crusts on most aspects, you will find several layers of damp, loose weak snow. With several more days of warm temperatures, the surface refreezes will continue to be very shallow, and the layers of wet weak snow will persist in the snow pack. This could create more interesting avalanche problems if the weekend storm is big.
For tonight and Wednesday morning, the avalanche danger is generally LOW. Later Wednesday, the danger of loose sluffs may rise to MODERATE on steep slopes of all aspects as the day heats up or if the snow accumulates to more than 8 inches or so.
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 on Wednesday afternoon.
Thanks for calling!
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