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Avalanche advisory

Tuesday, March 15, 2005
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Tuesday, March 14, 2005, and its 7:30 in the morning.

Current Conditions:
It’s another chilly morning out there, with temperatures in the single digits and low teens.  Winds are from the northwest, generally in the 10 to 15 mph range, with a few of the higher peaks averaging 20 to 25 mph.  Once again, the snow on most slopes will be rock hard this morning.  Yesterday morning, many of the steeper southerly slopes did soften briefly before the clouds moved in, and today will be similar with any chance for softening dependent on exactly how much sun a slope receives. 

Avalanche Conditions:
The snow pack is mostly stable.  There may be isolated shallow drifts along the higher ridgelines that could be kicked off, and if the skies remain mostly clear and the snow heats up, it may be possible to trigger a few shallow wet sluffs on the steepest sunny slopes.   The greater danger may be “slide for life’s” on the hard snow.  Using an ax or self arrest pole grips, rough clothing instead of slick nylon or even crampons will all help prevent a long slide if you’re in steep terrain with a hard snow pack.

Bottom Line (Salt Lake, Park City, Ogden and Provo mountains):
The avalanche danger is generally LOW.  Both human triggered and natural avalanches are unlikely.  For an explanation of avalanche danger ratings go to:

Mountain Weather: (You can find the afternoon Weather Update here.)
A weak short wave will drift across the state this afternoon.  This morning’s high thin clouds will increase and thicken this afternoon, but no snow is forecast.  The northwesterly winds will gradually shift to the west and decrease to less than 15 mph.  Expect the mercury to creep into the low 30’s at 8,000’ and the mid teens at 10,000’.  Slightly warmer temperatures on Wednesday, with a decent shot of snow possible Thursday as a moist cold front drops into northern Utah.

Yesterday, W
asatch Powderbird Guides did not fly.  If they fly today they will be in Mineral, Cardiff, Days, Silver, Mill Creek, Grizzly, Cascade and American Fork.

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.

I will update this advisory by 7:30 on Wednesday morning.

Thanks for calling.