In partnership with: The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Public Safety Division of Comprehensive Emergency Management,
Monday, April 05, 2004, 7:30 am
morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
Under clear skies and a full moon, temps are a mirror image of yesterday morning with overnight lows in the mid to low thirties. The winds have turned 180 degrees, veering from the southeast to the northwest and all stations are less than 15 mph. Aided by last week’s new snow to smooth over the older ruts and clinkers, many slopes should again be primed for some good corn conditions today.
Same old, same old. The standard spring rules apply: get out early and keep an eye on the how soggy things become during the heat of the day. Like most things in life, timing is everything. If you feel like you’ve become a human bowling pin underneath the pinwheels and cinnamon rolls, you’ve overstayed your welcome and will be your cue to move on to a cooler slope. More tragic would be getting knocked over by wet snow while pushing it down some radical line you’ve been scoping all winter, rag-dolling through rocks and over cliffs. The upper 4-10” of last week’s snow on north-facing slopes is still trying to consolidate above the old melt freeze crust and could remain a problem later in the day. Lastly, don’t forget to keep an eye out to avoid thinner snowpack areas after the thaw, particularly near rocks and shrubs.
Line for the
There is generally a LOW avalanche danger this morning that will rise to moderate during the heat of the day.
Today will be partly cloudy with light northwesterly
winds. 8 and 10,000’ highs will be in
the mid fifties and upper forties, respectively. There remains a chance of afternoon showers
and thunderstorms. The next splitter
For specific digital forecasts for the
We will continue to issue morning forecasts for another week, and then we’ll go to intermittent afternoon updates after the Easter weekend.
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in AF yesterday and will be back there today.
If you are getting into the backcountry, please give us a call and let us know what you’re 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.
Andrew McLean will update this advisory Tuesday morning.
Thanks for calling.