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Thursday, January 20, 2005
Good morning, this Evelyn
Lees with the
Brett Kobernik will be giving a free “Know Before You Go” avalanche awareness talk at the Park City Milosport tomorrow night, January 21st, at 7 pm.
The January thaw is officially here, complete with a strong temperature inversion. As of 5 am, the mountain valley bottoms are generally in the 20’s and 30’s, and the 10 to 11,000’ peaks have temperatures in the 40 to 45 degree range. Winds are light and variable, less than 10 mph. Some dense, soft snow exists on upper elevation north and northeast facing slopes. On other slopes, any shallow refreeze of the snow surface will rapidly warm today, and the snow will become damp to down right soggy.
I’m starting to think the current
avalanche cycle may not end until the snow is melted and down in the
Wet, loose sluffs were also
reported yesterday on steep, mostly sunny slopes, with the largest in the
Bottom Line (
The avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes of about 35 degrees and steeper. Human triggered avalanches are possible. The avalanche danger will rise to COINSIDERABLE with daytime heating, especially on and below steep sunny slopes. A considerable avalanche danger means human triggered avalanches are probable and natural avalanches possible.
Another day of clear, sunny
skies and very warm temperatures is in store for the mountains. Temperatures will reach the upper 40’s at
8,000’ and the mid 40’s at 10,000’. Winds
will be from the southwest, generally less than 15 mph. The high pressure ridge centered over
Guides flew in White Pine, and if possible will be operating today in
UDOT HAS A NEW ROAD AND AVALANCHE HOTLINE FOR THE COTTONWOODS: 975-4838.
The new UAC web page is up
and operational. Check it out at
www.avalanche.org then click on
hosting its 2nd annual Backcountry Avalanche Awareness Week January
31 – February 7th as a benefit for the
We appreciate hearing from you especially if you have information about recent avalanche activity so don’t hesitate to call and leave a message at 524-5304, or 1-800-662-4140, or e-mail us at [email protected]
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 Friday morning.
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