Wasatch Cache National Forest

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Salt Lake County, and Utah State Parks:


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Avalanche advisory

Friday, April 02, 2004, 7:30 am


Good morning, this is Andrew McLean with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory. Today is Friday, April 02, 2004, and its 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:

It might not be as much fun as Singin in the Rain, but the touring in the rain yesterday was delightful. Overnight, some of the higher ski resorts reported a few inches of new pudding, but with the snow level at a stratospheric 14,000, today will be another slushfest. Expect cloudy skies, scattered rain or snow, a moderate breeze out of the southeast and temperatures in the mid 40s. If you remember to wax up, the backcountry has fun turning and riding conditions.


Avalanche Conditions:

Our once proud snowpack is rapidly withering away under the relentless warm weather and rain. On a positive note, much of the air has settled out of the snow and it has consolidated into a cohesive layer that is well bonded to the ground anchors. Although few new avalanches have been observed recently, like an old crocodile, there might still be some bite left in the snowpack. Today you will want to watch out for natural wet sluffs, sneaky little low elevation slide paths and human triggered wet slides. The human triggered slides will be the most common of these and can be mitigated by not traveling directly above your partners and moving in a diagonal fall line that allows the snow to sluff off to the side, instead of on top of you. These will be most likely on slopes steeper than 35 degrees.


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

There is generally a LOW avalanche danger today. On slopes steeper than 35 degrees, there is a moderate danger of human triggered wet slides.


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:

Well get a taste of the Northwest today with warm, wet, cloudy weather. The winds will kick up from moderate to strong by about 2pm and blow out of the east/southeast. This pattern of mixed instability will continue to linger throughout the weekend as a trough slowly works its way through the Southwest states. Sunday looks the most promising for snow, with the temperatures drop down into the 20s at 8,000.


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


General Information:

The Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly yesterday, and on the unlikely chance that they fly today, they will be in Cardiff, Days and Mineral.


If you are getting into the backcountry, please give us a call and let us know what youre 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.


Bruce Tremper will update this advisory Saturday morning.


Thanks for calling.