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Monday, February 16, 2004, 7:30 am
morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
Skies are partly cloudy this morning, and temperatures are warmer, in the teens to low twenties. A few snow flurries in the last 12 hours have added up to all of a trace. The wind direction varies from northwest to southwest. Speeds are in the 10 to 20 mph range in the more exposed location, with gusts into the 30’s. The sheltered, shady slopes have a nice thick layer of soft recrystalized powder. However, many of the more popular backcountry slopes are looking like in area ski runs. So if you’ve got that secret powder stash, today may be the day to hit it. The sunny slopes are well crusted with thicknesses ranging from thin zipper crusts to shin bashing linoleum.
As far as I can tell, the snow pack is just plain schizophrenic at the moment, and to paraphrase the old rhyme, “Where it is good, it is very, very good, and where it is bad it is horrid”. Many, if not most areas in the central core of the Wasatch have a strong, stable snow pack, and there were no reports of avalanche activity yesterday.
However, Friday and Saturday’s avalanche activity
was significant. The slides were either
on the northeastern “edge” of the Wasatch central core or in the
People are still triggering sizeable loose snow sluffs on very steep shady slopes, which are large enough to take you for a ride. A few shallow wind drifts may have formed along the higher, windy ridgelines. These drifts could break under the weight of a person, and should be avoided on steep slopes.
Line for the Wasatch Range, including the
In the central core of the
A dirty ridge will be over northern
For specific digital forecasts for the
Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in Cascade Ridge, Lambs and the Sessions. Today they will be in Lambs, the Sessions, Cascade Ridge and possibly American Fork.
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.
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 Tuesday morning.
Thanks for calling.