Wasatch Cache National Forest

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Avalanche advisory

FRIDAY.November 7, 2003†† 7:30 am


Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your avalanche and mountain weather advisory.Today is Friday, November 07, 2003, and itís 7:00 a.m.


Current Conditions:

Under clear skies, temperatures this morning have cooled into the teens at most elevations.Winds are light, less than 15 mph, out of the southwest.Turning conditions continue to be excellent in recrystalized powder on most shady slopes above about 8500í.The sunny slopes became crusted yesterday, as did slopes of all aspects below about 8500í. With total snow depths averaging only about 2í, clipping rocks is not an uncommon occurrence.So areas underlain by grassy slopes are the best choice for turns.Snow machiners will still want to stay on roads or smooth trails.


Avalanche Conditions:

Sluffing of the surface snow is the greatest concern today.Another cold, clear night has continued to weaken the surface snow, and it will be possible to push some decent size sluffs on steep slopes.While these are not large enough to bury a person, they could knock you off your feet.Even a short ride could have you hitting the shallowly buried rocks.Winds should remain light through out the day.But if the winds do pick up, shallow, soft wind drifts will develop in the more exposed areas and could be triggered on steep slopes.


Bottom Line:

The avalanche danger is LOW today.However, if youíre traveling on steep slopes, expect loose snow sluffs and avoid any fresh drifts of wind blown snow.


Mountain Weather:

Skies will be mostly sunny this morning, with the high thin clouds thickening this afternoon.Highs today will be in the low 30ís at 8000í, and the mid 20ís at 10,000.Winds will remain from the southwest, in the 10 to 15 mph range.Skies will be mostly cloudy tonight, with a chance for a few inches of snow.Lows will be near 20. Saturday will be partly cloudy, and remain cool, with highs in the mid 20ís to mid thirties.A series of weak disturbances will move across the area Saturday night through Tuesday, with a chance for a few inches of snow each day or night.


General Information:

Donít miss the annual ski swap at REI tomorrow put on by the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center.You can check in any backcountry or cross country equipment tonight, Friday, from 6 to 8:30, and the swap opens at 9:00 am on Saturday morning.Call 365-5522 for more information.


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.


I will update this advisory Saturday morning.

 Thanks for calling!


For more detailed weather information go to our Mountain Weather Advisory

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