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Tuesday, March 29, 2005
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
The mountains are seeing the last gasp of yesterday’s storm which pummeled the Wasatch with initial high snowfall rates and blistering southwesterly winds. Storm totals are about a foot in the
Most of the activity corresponded to the periods of 2-3”/hr snowfall rates and stronger southwesterly winds, with new snow-only soft slabs 8-14” deep and up to 100’ wide. No avalanches were reported to have stepped into old snow. Rolling around in my thoughts from yesterday are that the initial warm temperatures allowed the snow to bond fairly well with the old snow surfaces and snow densities fell with the storm. Winds also became less of a problem as they veered to the northwest in the afternoon and despite a few spikes overnight, seem to be on pretty good behavior. Additionally, time and cooler temperatures likely locked up many of the instabilities from yesterday as well.
Avalanche problems will still
remain along the ridgelines where a couple hours of stronger winds may have
produced some sensitive wind slabs along upper elevation steeper south through
east facing terrain and other steep pockets where the snow may have been channeled. In the
(Salt Lake and Park City, Ogden and Provo mountains)
The avalanche danger this morning is MODERATE today on slopes 35 degrees and steeper with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. If the sun pokes through today, the danger of wet activity will rise to MODERATE on the steep sun-exposed slopes.
Danger Scale: http://www.avalanche.org/~uac/ed-scale.htm
Mountain Weather: (You can find the afternoon Weather Update here.)
The mountains may see a few lingering instability showers this morning, but it should be a lull day ahead of tonight’s monster. 8000’ highs will be in the mid-twenties with 10,000’ temps in the mid-teens. The northwesterly winds will start to back to the southwest and be in the 15-20mph range along the high peaks, but should pick up by late afternoon. The next Pacific storm should start affecting the Wasatch late this afternoon, lasting into Thursday morning. Areas favored by a northwest flow should see another 16-24” by then.
they get out today, the Powderbird guides will be in Silver,
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