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Wednesday, February 23,
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
Skies are partly cloudy this morning, and temperatures are in the upper teens to low 20’s. The southeasterly winds are averaging less than 15 mph, with occasional gusts to 20 at the more exposed stations. The shady, northerly facing slopes have respectable settled powder, but any slope that has received even a glimpse of sun has a breakable crust.
Two human triggered slides were reported yesterday, both in the
Today, if you are traveling on steep slopes, it may still be possible to trigger one of these old or new wind drifts, or a shallow new snow sluff or soft slab. If there is enough heating from the sun today, damp sluffs may occur on steep sunny slopes and on steep, shady low and mid elevation slopes. And finally, there still may be a few isolated spots where a person could trigger a deeper slab avalanche.
Bottom Line (
The avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes steeper then 35 degrees, especially any slope with recent or old deposits of wind drifted snow. On slopes less steep than about 35 degrees, the avalanche danger is LOW.
(http://www.avalanche.org/~uac/ed-scale.htm for an explanation of avalanche danger ratings.)
Mountain Weather: (You can find the afternoon Weather Update here.). Skies will be party cloudy today over the northern
Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in Mineral,
If you have any observations you would like to share with us, call and leave a message at 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or e-mailing us at [email protected]. Fax is 524-6301. Your observations are very helpful in compiling the daily avalanche advisory.
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 Thursday morning.
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