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Good morning, this is Andrew McLean with the
The high pressure system remained firmly parked in
place yesterday with the overnight lows barely below freezing at the Alta Guard
Station. Today it looks like we are in
for another temperature inversion
It was a roller ball derby in the backcountry yesterday, with numerous wet point releases sending scattered debris for long rides down sun exposed aspects. With last night barely getting below freezing and today expected to be another hot one, wet sluffs will be the main concern, especially in the afternoon. These sluffs tend to start around rock outcroppings, or as the result of a slope cut. They are generally slow moving, but dangerous to get caught in, especially in a terrain trap. When braving a sunny afternoon slope, or building a gap jump, stick to the ridgelines and avoid gullies.
There were also isolated reports of small, 2-3” deep pockets of windslabs cracking and moving yesterday in areas that have recent deposits of wind drifted snow. These are generally too small to be dangerous, but something to watch out for if you see wind loaded pillows on steeper terrain.
Bottom Line (
There is still a MODERATE chance of triggering a wind loaded drift in isolated areas along higher elevation ridgelines. In all other areas, the danger is LOW, with the main concern being wet sluffs.
Today will be partly cloudy with warm temperatures in
the mid 40’s at 8,000’ and a light breeze out of the southwest. The high pressure system will start to weaken
during the day, bringing partly cloudy skies in advance of a Pacific weather
system. It looks like the anticipated
storm front will split, with the bulk of it heading south, leaving only a ghosting
of clouds over
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If you get out early, each day we try to update our more detailed, early morning report with preliminary information by around 6:00 am at (801) 364-1591.
If you are getting into the backcountry, please give us a call and let us know what you’re 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.
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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.
Evelyn Lees will update this advisory on Saturday morning.
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