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thursday, January 8, 2004†† 7:30 am
morning, this is
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Yesterday morning the winds nuked from the southwest with hourly averages 30-40 and gusting 50-60.†† As you might imagine, it created widespread areas of wind slabs, mostly along upper elevation wind exposed terrain, but the winds were so strong they swirled around a lot and everybody reported odd areas of wind drifting.† Sometimes it was worse at mid elevations than high elevations.† In general, though, the lower elevation wind sheltered areas down in the trees still have decent turning and riding conditions but the 3-6 inches of new snow we got yesterday was denser than what was underneath, making it feel a little slabby.† About two inches of snow fell overnight but skies are clear this morning with ridge top temperatures in the mid 20ís and winds 10-20 from the west.
was a fun day to be out if you were an avalanche nerd.† I had a great time yesterday cruising along
the very windy ridge lines around Brighton and
Bottom Line for the Wasatch Range, including the
Today there is a MODERATE
danger on any slope steeper than about 35 degrees with recent wind
deposits.† Out of the wind affected
areas, the avalanche danger is LOW.† The avalanche danger is probably a notch
higher in the
Today there is a CONSIDERABLE danger on any steep slope with recent wind drifts and a MODERATE danger on non wind-affected steep slopes and a LOW danger on slopes less steep than 30 degrees.
Weíve had snow in the mountains every single day for the past two weeks, starting on Christmas Day.† And today just might break our string of snowy daysóand if not today, then tomorrow.† Itís clear up above the valley fog this morning, but we should have some high clouds for most of the day and we might even get a few snowflakes later in the day.† Ridge top temperatures should be in the lower 20ís today and the upper 20ís down at 8,000í† On Friday and Saturday, ridge top temperatures will warm up to near freezing with light winds and then a weak disturbance should bring some clouds on Saturday with a better chance of snow on Monday or Tuesday.
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.
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly yesterday
and today they will fly in
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 Friends of the
Avalanche Awareness Week is January 18-24th and there are a number of events and presentations.† For complete details, visit:† www.backcountryawareness.com
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 Friday morning.
Thanks for calling.