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Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
Storm totals across the range are about even with 1-1½’
reported in the Cottonwoods, along the
Reports from the backcountry indicated that snow was sluffing naturally on the steeper upper elevations slopes where the graupel and new snow fell on old hard and slick bed surfaces. Slope cuts and cornice drops also produced movement in the new snow, but any fracture lines were shallow, and generally less than 6”, running a hundred to two hundred feet. At the mid and low elevations, a warm storm coming in on a warm snow surface allowed for a solid new snow/old snow bond; however the upper elevations are a slightly different story. It may be that the graupel landing on the old hard bed surfaces will react as the weak layer for more widespread activity today with the additional snow overnight and another possible 4-8” expected today in areas favored by the northwest flow. Fortunately, the winds should remain generally light, keeping drifting to a minimum and the danger confined to the upper elevations and the highest ridgelines.
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The avalanche danger is MODERATE where human triggered avalanches will be possible on upper elevation slopes steeper than 35 degrees. The hazard may rise to CONSIDERABLE if the winds pick up and we receive more snow than expected.
An unstable northwest flow will remain over the Wasatch today, with favored areas receiving another 4-8” today. Winds will be light and out of the northwest. 8000’ temps will be in the low teens and dropping throughout the day. Skies should start to clear by early evening as a brief shortwave ridge moves in for tomorrow. Unsettled weather through the remainder of the week.
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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.
Andrew McLean will update this advisory on Tuesday morning.
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