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Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
THE AVALANCHE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT. DUE TO THE HEAVY SNOW AND WINDS, THE MOUNTAINS FROM THE UTAH/IDAHO BORDER SOUTH TO THE WASATCH PLATEAU, INCLUDING THE UINTAS HAVE A HIGH AVALANCHE DANGER. LARGE NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES CAN BE EXPECTED.
With storm totals in the 3-4’ range, the Wasatch experienced a significant avalanche cycle yesterday that is likely to continue into today. Natural avalanches were reported across the range on a variety of aspects and elevations, with control teams reporting crowns in the 2-4’ range, with some breaking into old snow. Many avalanche slopes released multiple times and both Little Cottonwood and American Fork canyons were closed. Details are still filtering in, but yesterday a very large natural avalanche ran down into the Aspen Grove area on Timpanogas, burying seven people. Of those caught, four were rescued from the debris. Tragically, there are three people still missing in the avalanche this morning. Rescue efforts were called off due to the dangerous avalanche conditions last night and the teams are likely to return this morning.
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There remains a HIGH danger of avalanches on steep slopes in high, mid, and low elevation terrain. Natural and human triggered avalanches will be likely. Those without good route finding or rescue skills should avoid the backcountry today.
Mountains: A specific advisory for
Today will be a day of transition as the bulk of the storm moves on to the east. As the flow shifts northwest, areas favored by this flow could see an additional 4-8” in bands over the course of the day. Skies may turn mostly cloudy later this evening. Winds will be out of the northwest in the 20mph range. Temperatures will be zero at 10,000’ and in the single digits at 8000’. Tomorrow will give us a bit of a break with a splitty looking storm on tap for Monday.
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The Wasatch Powderbird Guides will not fly today unless they get a window for control work on the highways.
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.
I will update this advisory on Sunday morning.
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