In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management,
Wednesday, March 31, 2004,†† 7:30 am
morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
The warm, drought promoting, snow melting weather continues.† Overnight, under mostly clear skies, temperatures cooled only into the mid 30ís to low 40ís at the 9 to 11000í elevations. The southwesterly winds have decreased, and are generally in the 5 to 15 mph range, with gusts to 30.††
The variable snow surface conditions include everything but large expanses of soft, dry powder.† The majority of slopes are sun or wind affected, with a combination of both breakable and supportable crusts.† The best chance of finding crusts that will soften but stay supportable may be on mid elevation slopes and on steeper south to southwest facing slopes.†
There was one human triggered slide reported from the backcountry yesterday.† It was late in the day on the northwest face of Gobblers Knob, involved the new snow running on the old crust, and ran the full length of the slope.† Iím assuming it was a damp sluff, and when I get a few more details, Iíll post them on the avalanche list later this morning.† Today, increasing winds and clouds should help off set the warmer temperatures and keep a lid on natural wet activity.† But the snow will definitely get damp and soggy enough that loose, wet sluffs can be triggered by people on steep slopes, and these sluffs have the potential to be long running due to the slick, underlying crusts.† So as always, when the snow gets wet and sloppy, move to a different aspect and stay off of and out from under steep slopes.†† Yesterday, none of the isolated old wind drifts seemed sensitive, but still approach steep slopes with rounded waves of wind blown snow with caution.
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The avalanche danger is LOW this morning.† With daytime heating, the danger will rise to moderate on steep, sunny slopes and all steep low elevation slopes.†
A warm southerly flow will continue over northern
For specific digital forecasts for the
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in Days and Cardiff Forks yesterday, and will have an alpine tour from White Pine to Coal Pit today.
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.
I will update this advisory Thursday morning.
Thanks for calling.