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Year! This is Evelyn Lees with the
The mountains are welcoming the New Year in true winter style, with a major winter storm in the forecast. 24 hour snow totals are an inexact science this morning, but the Park City side and Big Cottonwood are in the 5 to 10” range, Little Cottonwood 3 to 6 “, with best guesses for the Provo and Ogden mountains at 6 to 10”. Yesterday’s strong, southwesterly winds have decreased this morning into the 15 to 25 mph range, though this reprieve is very temporary. The winds will return with a vengeance this afternoon and tonight, and make yesterday’s wind speeds look like light summer breezes. Temperatures are currently in the mid teens to low 20’s. Wind sheltered terrain is harder to find, but still has good, deep powder.
There was one skier triggered slide reported
yesterday on Figure 8 hill in the
Yesterday, one deeper release into old snow was
reported from control work along the
The avalanche danger will be increasing tonight and tomorrow at all elevations, including those below 7,000’, as the next round of wind and heavy snow arrives.
Bottom Line for the
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today on steep, upper and mid elevation slopes, especially with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. The danger is MODERATE on steep, sheltered slopes with no recent wind drifts. And in wind sheltered terrain less steep than 30 degrees, the avalanche danger is LOW. The avalanche danger will be on the rise today through Friday, and we may issue an Avalanche Warning by midnight.
For specific digital forecasts for selected mountain areas from the National Weather Service, click the links below or choose your own specific location at the National Weather Service Digital Forecast Page.
Wasatch Powderbird Guides will probably not be
flying today due to weather, but if they can they will be in
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.
Friends of the
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 Friday morning.
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