In partnership with: Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation, The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Emergency Services and Homeland Security and
Wednesday, December 14, 2005 7:30am
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
UDOT will be sighting in the howitzer in
The beacon locator park at Snowbird is now open and free to the public. It’s sponsored by Wasatch Backcountry Rescue and Snowbird and located just off the bypass road in upper Little Cottonwood Canyon.
Tonight, the UAC staff is giving two free avalanche
Dec 14 6:30 pm Mountain High Motorsports,
Dec 14 7 pm Wasatch Mtn Club: South Valley Unitarian,
A cold front blew through midday yesterday, with strong southwest to westerly winds, dropping a stingy trace to an inch of snow. Behind the front, temperatures are hovering around zero this morning. The northerly winds are averaging 10-15 mph with gusts in the 20’s, with faster speeds across the highest peaks. The dusting of snow and wind won’t have done too much to fill in the heavily tracked Wasatch, and now there is wind damage along the ridgelines and in open bowls.
Yesterday, the winds were whipping the snow around, forming drifts along the ridges, in open bowls and even in the lower drainages and canyon bottoms. One party in the
There also remain a few isolated places where a deeper slide could still be triggered, most likely in pockets on very steep, northerly facing slopes in rocky, shallow snowpack areas.
The avalanche danger is MODERATE on steep slopes with recent deposits of wind drifted snow, which will be found on a variety of aspects and elevations. Other slopes have a mostly LOW danger.
A cold, northerly flow will be over the mountains today as high pressure builds in across the Great Basin. Skies will be partly cloudy, with a few snow flurries possible. Highs will be near 20 at 8,000’ and near 10 at 10,000’. Winds will remain brisk, in the 15 to 20 mph range across the ridges. Clear skies and cool temperatures tonight and Thursday. Then a series of weak systems will move across northern
Regional Snow Profile (this profile can also be found daily off our home page under avalanche products)
Please report any backcountry snow and avalanche conditions you observe. Call (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, email [email protected] or fax 801-524-6301. 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.
To have this advisory automatically e-mailed to you each day, click HERE. (You must re-sign up this season even if you were on the list last season.)
UDOT also has a highway avalanche control work hotline for Little Cottonwood road, which is updated as needed. 801-975-4838.
The annual report for 2004-05 is now on the web. (Click HERE, 8mb)
Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 Thursday morning. Thanks for calling.