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Monday, January 03, 2005
Good morning, this is Drew
Hardesty with the
The mountains picked up
another inch or two in the last 24 hours and it’s still lightly snowing. The winds calmed down overnight and, except
There were three more human
triggered slides in the central Wasatch yesterday, all running on weak faceted
snow. Limelight bowl, an east-northeast facing
bowl at 8700’ on the
If yesterday’s polemic
revolved around the complexity of the danger, today’s
will have to do with the extent and trickiness of the danger involved. Two layers of weak faceted grains, one from
November and the other from mid-December should continue to be active in
localized terrain. I think these
problems may be most pronounced in areas that received the most wind and snow
from this last storm that coincidentally had some of the weaker snow across the
range. Areas where this may be most
pronounced will be along the
Today, the avalanche danger is a scary MODERATE on northwest through easterly facing slopes approaching 35 degrees and steeper, especially with recent drifts of wind blown snow, which includes the mid-elevations.
We’ll have mostly cloudy skies with 1-3” expected during the day. Winds will be light from the southwest, increasing by late afternoon. 8000’ highs will be in the near 30 with 10,000’ temps near twenty. The storms for mid-week are looking more favorable for the north, with decent snow falling from tomorrow through early Thursday with a Low moving right overhead. Optimistic projections are 2’ or more by Thursday, with another on tap for the weekend.
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly yesterday because of weather and if possible, will be in American Fork, Lamb’s and Snake Creek.
the Friends of the
Free Beacon Rescue Training Centers are now open at Snowbird and the Canyons. For more information go to wasatchbackcountryrescue.org.
We do an early morning update around 6am each day on the 364-1591 line.
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.
Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 on Tuesday morning.
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