Wasatch Cache National Forest

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Avalanche advisory

Wednesday, March 31, 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 Wednesday, March 31, 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 the Uinta Brewing Company.


Current Conditions:

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.


Avalanche Conditions:

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.


Bottom Line for the Salt Lake, Park CITY, Provo, and ogden AREA MOUNTAINS:

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.


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 warm southerly flow will continue over northern Utah today and tonight, with a cold front expected to arrive around sunrise on Thursday.It will be ridiculously hot again today, with highs near 60 at 8,000í and near 45 at 10,000í.The southerly winds will increase throughout the day, into the 25 to 35 mph range by afternoon.Clouds will also increase, with a slight chance of afternoon thunder showers.Cloudy, warm and windy tonight, with temperatures dropping into the low 30ís.†† Thursday will return us to winter, with the models advertising 4 to 8Ē of snow, with locally heavier amounts.


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


General Information:

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.