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Sunday, February 13,
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
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Heavy wet snow continued to drip in yesterday pushing storm totals to 6-8” in the
The avalanche problems were more pronounced in the
It would be great to be able to describe the avalanche conditions in a nice tidy box, but I can’t, so pull out the notebook. We’ve got all the heavy new snow sitting on top of the light density snow from last week, localized wind drifts from the stronger northwesterly winds at the higher elevations, and, at least at the mid and low shady slopes, persistent weak faceted grains that may still be active when collapsed by the weight of a backcountry traveler. And with clear skies, we’ll start to see wet loose sluffs on the sunny slopes by midday.
It’ll be important to poke around in the snow, isolate some columns, and see if the new snow is bonding more favorably or how reactive the buried facets and surface hoar are. Snowpit tests and test slopes will be some of the pieces of the puzzle. Cracking and collapsing will also be immediate gratification signs of instability.
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The avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes steeper than about 35 degrees, and human triggered avalanches are possible. Avalanches may still be triggered at a distance and will be more pronounced on the northwest through easterly facing slopes at the mid and low elevations.
Clear skies will give way to increasing clouds ahead of the next storm system slated to affect the Wasatch. Winds today will be 15-20mph out of the northwest increasing to 25mph by mid-afternoon. 8000’ highs will be in the low thirties with 10,000’ temps in the upper twenties.
Yesterday, Wasatch Powderbird guides didn’t get out and today will be in AF, Lamb’s, the Sessions and Cascade.
We really appreciate any information you are willing to give us. You don’t have to be an avalanche expert to give us some observations so please call and leave a message on our answering machine at 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or e-mail us at [email protected]. Fax is 524-6301.
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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 by 7:30 on Monday morning.
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