In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management,
Saturday, February 07, 2004,†† 7:30 am
morning, this is
†††††††††††††† Last weekend, someone lost some
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The Friends of the
With the cold front
expected by mid morning, the ridge top winds have picked up along the most
exposed ridges and are blowing 20-30 from the south and the ridge top
temperatures have warmed from around 10 degrees yesterday morning to around 20
this morning. †††For the
weekend warrior update, the new snow on Wednesday and Thursday was unusual
because it favored places in the mid canyons more than the upper canyons. †For instance Snowbird got twice as much new
snow as Alta, and you can bet that they will remind them of it for years to
come. Also, the
Yesterday, I looked at the avalanche in what was
reported to be ď
All of this will change in a hurry today with the arrival of a new storm.† With no lack of light, fluffy snow to blow around, any wind will instantly create sensitive soft slab avalanches on any steep slope with wind deposits.† This morning, the ridge top winds are blowing 20-30 from the south, then winds should become gusty and squirrelly with the passage of the cold front at mid day.† Finally, they will begin to blow from the northwest at 20 mph tonight. †So by the end of the day, you will likely find wind drifts in lots of different areas.† †Also, Iím expecting 5-10 inches of snow to pile up by tonight, so this extra weight may overload our light fluffy powder on the surface this morning and any shallower avalanches could step down into deeper weak layers. †In other words, the avalanche hazard will likely rise rapidly through the day.† Watch for cracking within the new snow and be sure to jump on test slopes and put slope cuts across slopes before committing yourself.
Line for the Wasatch Range, including the
The avalanche danger is LOW this morning on slopes without wind drifts but it will rise to moderate on slopes steeper than 35 degrees with recent wind drifts and the danger may rise to CONSIDERABLE on steep slopes later in the day as snow accumulates and winds continue. †(The Uinta and Logan area mountains have a MODERATE danger, which will rise through the day)
Winds will blow 20-30 mph along the ridge tops from the southwest with higher gusts.† Snow should begin this morning and the cold front should pass by mid morning to noon with gusty winds and possibly some lightning.† Ridge top winds will switch to the northwest and continue to blow 20-30 mph with snow continuing tonight. †Iím expecting about 5-10 inches today with another 3-6 inches tonight.† Ridge top temperatures should drop from around 20 this morning to the single digits by Sunday morning.† Light snow should continue on Sunday and the extended forecast calls for continued cold with light, occasional snow showers and light winds from the north and northeast through about Wednesday.
For specific digital forecasts for the
Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew yesterday 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 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.†
Drew Hardesty will update this advisory Sunday morning.
Thanks for calling.