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Avalanche advisory

Friday, March 11, 2005
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Friday March 11, 2005, and its 7:30 in the morning.

Current Conditions:
Skies are clear and temperatures are at least 5 degrees colder this morning then yesterday morning at this time with most stations in the mid 20s.Winds are from the north northeast in the 15 mph range with some gusts into the 20s at some locations.

Avalanche Conditions:
We are definitely into a spring like pattern with daytime heating the main cause for avalanche concern.The snow surface should be locked up a bit better then yesterday but quite warm temperatures forecasted for today will quickly soften the snow.

The rule of thumb with spring time recreation is to get after it early and get out of the mountains early.If you leave the hills before things turn to mush you dramatically lower your chances for getting caught in an avalanche and you can also avoid the afternoon slow, grabby snow that can be annoying while exiting drainages.

Itís worth mentioning that you may find a few small isolated wind slabs at the upper elevations that may have formed with the winds over the last few days.

Bottom Line (Salt Lake, Park City, Ogden and Provo mountains):
The avalanche danger is generally LOW this morning, and will rise to MODERATE with daytime heating on slopes steeper then about 35 degrees.Both wet loose sluffs and wet slab avalanches are possible.MOVE OUT OF THE MOUNTAINS BEFORE THE SNOW TURNS SOFT AND SLUSHY.

For an explanation of avalanche danger ratings go to: http://www.avalanche.org/~uac/ed-scale.htm

Mountain Weather: (You can find the afternoon Weather Update here.)
Temperatures will get quite warm today.Expect to see 10,000 foot highs up in the mid 30ís and 8000 foot highs near 50.This is definitely a good reason to leave the mountains early.Winds should back off a bit and will be from the north at around 10 mph.

Most of Saturday will be clear with warm temperatures again then things cool off as a cold front moves through Saturday night.This cold front, unfortunately, wonít produce any significant snowfall.A slightly better system could affect the area Monday night.

Yesterday, Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in the Cascade Ridge area.Today they will operate in American Fork and the Cascade Ridge area.

If you have any snow or avalanche observations, call and leave a message at 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or e-mailing us at [email protected].Fax is 524-6301.

UDOT COTTONWOOD CANYONS HOTLINE FOR ROAD CLOSURE AND AVALANCHE CONTROL INFORMATION: 975-4838.We try to update our early morning avalanche activity report by around 5:30 am at 364-1591.

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.

Bruce Tremper will update this advisory by 7:30 on Saturday morning.

Thanks for calling.