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Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Good morning, this is
the Friends of the
Free Beacon Rescue Training Centers are now open at Snowbird and the Canyons. For more information go to wasatchbackcountryrescue.org.
I guess it’s just my native
The avalanches seem pretty
tame these days. We have not heard about
any avalanche activity for about a week.
The one we reported on yesterday’s forecast from the
Bottom Line (SLC,
The avalanche danger is LOW in most areas. There’s pockets of MODERATE danger on steep north through east facing slopes, especially in thin snowpack areas plus the usual slopes with recent deposits of wind drifted snow.
A cold, unstable flow will
continue to come out of the north today with partly cloudy skies and very light
snow showers that probably won’t add up to much more than an inch. Ridge top temperatures will be very cold,
right around zero with winds from the north 10-20 mph. Down at 8,000’, the high today should be around
10 degrees with the overnight low around 5 degrees. Ridge top winds will pick up and blow harder
tonight and tomorrow 20-25 from the north and ridge top temperatures will drop
briefly to around - 4 degrees. For the
extended forecast, temperatures will warm dramatically on Friday and we will
have a sunny Christmas day and the day after Christmas with ridge top temperatures
just under freezing. We should get
another storm around Tuesday with most of the energy going through
Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew
Early birds and snow geeks can catch our more detailed information line at 364-1591. It’s usually out by 6am
To report backcountry snow and avalanche conditions, especially if you observe or trigger an avalanche, call (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email to [email protected] or fax 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.
Evelyn Lees will update this advisory by 7:30 on Thursday morning.
Thanks for calling!
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