In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management,
Saturday, April 03, 2004,†† 7:30 am
morning, this is
Iím deep in the throes of that Maytag repairman feeling these days, just sitting around with nothing to do. †This morning, I didnít have any messages on our answering machines, no e-mails, no faxes, no nothing.† In the past two days in the backcountry, I havenít seen anyone else and I havenít even seen any recent tracks.† Itís kind of like being in one of those old science fiction movies where youíre the last person on Earth.† †In fact, I could probably just go home and go back to bed and no one would even notice. †But hey, as long as Iím hereÖ.†
After a ferocious night of easterly canyon winds
that kept me up half the night, ridge top temperatures are remarkably the same
this morning as they were yesterday morningóright around freezing with 8,000í
overnight lows around 40 degrees. †In the
Logan and Ogden area mountains, the cold air crept in
dropping their ridge top temperatures 6-8 degrees from yesterday morning, so
the snow pack should be fairly well frozen north of
With spring coming a month early, thereís not much snow left on the mid and low elevation south facing slopes and whatís left is quite consolidated and seems well behaved. †The only exception is some minor sluffing and rollerballs within wet snow in the heat of the afternoon on the steep slopes.
Line for the
There is generally a LOW avalanche danger today.† On slopes steeper than 35 degrees, there is a moderate danger of human triggered wet suffs in the heat of the afternoon.†
With a big low pressure system far to the south of
us, itís wrapping our winds and clouds around from the east. †Today we should have clouds coming and going
with more clouds stacking up against the east sides of the mountains than the
west. †Ridge top winds should slowly
diminish throughout the day and be back to around 5 mph by tonight. †Ridge top temperatures will remain around
freezing in SLC and southwards but be in the mid 20ís north of
For specific digital forecasts for the
In case youíre interested, we will continue to issue morning forecasts for another week, and then weíll go to intermittent afternoon updates after the Easter weekend.
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly yesterday, and will most likely not fly today, but if the winds drop this morning, they may be looking for some corn snow in Mineral, Cardiff, Days, Silver, White Pine and American Fork.†
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.