Wasatch Cache National Forest

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Avalanche advisory

Saturday, April 10, 2004,†† 7:30 am

 

Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.Today is Saturday, April 10, 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:

Old Man Winter is back, if only for a couple days. Yesterdayís storm draped the central Wasatch with a couple inches of snow with the Logan and Uinta Mountains picking up 4-8Ē. The temperatures too reflect the passing of the cold front as mountain temps are in the teens and twenties. 11k temps are even trying to nudge down into the single digits. Areas north of I-80 are also picking up the lionís share of the winds, as ridgetop winds there have been averaging in the 40ís and 50ís, gusting into the 70ís. The winds in the central core are about half of that. Itíll be dust on crust today and Iíd expect a supportable platform throughout the range.

 

Avalanche Conditions:

The cooler temps for the last couple days have put the lid on the wet activity and todayís problems will be isolated to those shallow drifts of blown snow. Itíll be possible to encounter scoured areas alternating with 6-8Ē pockets of deeper snow and they may be sensitive to a ski cut. The danger may be more pronounced in the northern Ogden, Logan and Uinta Mountains.

 

Bottom Line for the Salt Lake, Park CITY, OGDEN AND Provo AREA MOUNTAINS:

The danger is generally LOW with pockets of MODERATE on steep slopes with recent deposits of wind drifted snow.

 

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:

Unsettled weather should persist into today with intermittent snow showers.The strong easterly winds should start to die down by late morning and blow in the 10-15mph range.

8000í temps will be in the upper 20ís with 10,000í temps hovering around 20 degrees. It should start to clear out by tonight as high pressure returns along with warming temps through mid week. The longer range models suggest a storm by midweek followed by another next weekend.

 

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

 

General Information:

We will continue to issue morning forecasts through tomorrow, and then weíll go to intermittent afternoon updates.

 

The Wasatch Powderbird Guides were grounded yesterday, and if they can make it out today, they will be in White Pine, Mineral Fork, Cardiff Fork, Days Fork and Silver 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.

 

I will update this advisory on Sunday morning.

 

Thanks for calling.

 

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