In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Forecast Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management, Salt Lake County, and Utah State Parks
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
The mountains picked up another inch or two during the day
yesterday and itís lightly snowing as of .† Coming in on a westerly flow, the storms
The shallow soft slab activity reported from the backcountry on Monday settled out yesterday, and todayís backcountry travelers will find a stable snowpack.† All the new snow over the past week has bonded as a cohesive unit with no time for any weak snow or weak interfaces to develop. Fortunately, the snow from the storms in September and early October melted during the warm spells of mid-October and all of the snow from the past week fell on bare ground. †Last season the early season snowfalls fell on loose, unconsolidated recrystalized snow that served as a weak foundation, haunting us for the entire winter.† †With an active weather pattern forecast for the near future, our hope is that the abundant snowfall will set us up with a stable foundation for the rest of the season.† ††
Remember, as the ski resorts are not yet open, you must treat that terrain as the backcountry with a backcountry snowpack.† Good habits save lives: wear beacons and shovels, cross avalanche terrain one at a time and donít jump into a run when there is someone below you.† And donít ruin your winter with an early season knee injury in the relatively shallow snow conditions.†
Today there is a LOW danger of both natural and human triggered avalanches.† As always, be on the lookout for changing weather conditions.† If we get more snow than forecasted today or the winds start to pick up and begin drifting the snow, the hazard will rise and you should adjust your decisions accordingly.
westerly flow continues into today.† We
ought to be able to squeeze a couple more inches out a weak system passing
through the Wasa
miss the annual ski swap at REI this weekend but on by the Friends of the
If you are getting into the backcountry, please give us a call and let us know what youíre seeing, especially if you trigger an avalanche.† You can leave a message at 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140.† Or you can e-mail an observation to [email protected] .org, or you can fax an observation 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.†
We will update this advisory Thursday morning.
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