Wasatch Cache National Forest

In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management,

Salt Lake County, and Utah State Parks:


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For photos of avalanches and avalanche phenomenon, visit:http://www.avalanche.org/%7Euac/photos_03-04.htm†††† (Updated 3/6)

Photos sent in by observers throughout the season visit:http://www.avalanche.org/~uac/obphotos/observer.html†††† (Updated 3/12)

For a list of backcountry avalanche activity, visit:http://www.avalanche.org/%7Euac/Avalanche_List.htm†††† (Updated 3/9)


Early morning preliminary information by about 6:00 am: 801-364-1591


Avalanche advisory

Saturday, March 13, 2004,†† 7:30 am


Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.Today is Saturday, March 13, 2004, and itís 7:30 a.m.This forecast is brought to you in partnership with the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, supported in part by Black Diamond Equipment.


Current Conditions:

A weak, dry cold front slipped silently by last night, with slightly cooler temperatures the only trace of its passing.Skies are clear this morning, and temperatures have dropped to near 20 above 10,000í and into the low to upper 20ís at most mid and low elevation sites.Winds are from a westerly direction, and have increased into the 15 to 25 mph range across the highest peaks, and are 5 to 10 mph at the more sheltered stations.


Everybody can join in todayís Wasatch backcountry classic - good corn on sunny east through south through west facing slopes and dry, recrystalized powder on mid and upper elevation, northerly facing slopes.With cooler temperatures and winds, the sunny slopes will be slower to soften today, so the timing for corn will be much later, with mid elevation slopes the best bet for the early birds.


Avalanche Conditions:

Melt freeze snow is very strong in its frozen form, so the snowpack is mostly stable this morning and the avalanche danger low.With day time heating and sun, the danger of wet loose sluffs may rise to moderate at the low and mid elevations and on the steep, sunny slopes.As always, if the snow gets wet and sloppy at your location, itís time to switch to an aspect with cooler snow and stay off of and out from under steep slopes with wet snow.


There is a potential for a nasty ďslide for lifeĒ on the slick, hard crusts.Crampons, the use of an ice axe or other self arrest device, and rough clothing instead of slick nylon may increase your safety for travel on steep, frozen slopes.


Bottom Line for the Wasatch Range, including the Salt Lake, Park City, OGDEN, AND PROVO AREA MOUNTAINS:

The avalanche danger is LOW this morning.With daytime heating, the danger may rise to MODERATE on some steep sun exposed slopes and at mid and lower elevations.


Uinta Mountains:For Uinta specific information, click on Western Uintas on the advisory page or phone 1-800-648-7433.

Logan: click HERE or call 435-797-4146


Mountain Weather:

A slightly cooler northwest flow will set up over northern Utah today, with another weak system rippling past Sunday night.†† For today, mostly sunny skies, with temperatures reaching the low 40ís at 8,000í and into the upper 20ís at 10,000í.The winds will be from the northwest, in the 10 to 20 mph range, with occasionally stronger gusts. Mostly clear skies tonight, with lows in the mid 20ís.Increasing clouds Sunday, with breezy westerly winds.A cool, northwest flow will continue Monday and Tuesday, followed by warmer, dry weather Wednesday through the end of the week.


For specific digital forecasts for the Salt Lake, Provo or Ogden mountains, CLICK HERE.


General Information:

Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in American Fork.Today they will operate in American Fork, White Pine and Snake Creek.


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.