Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Monday, December 26, 2005  7:30am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Monday, December 26, 2005, and it’s about 7:30 am.

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Current Conditions:

Today will be one of those weather-transition days ahead of an approaching Pacific storm.  Skies are already mostly cloudy and we’ll see some light snow during the day with the bulk of the storm moving through early evening and overnight.  The southerly winds picked up another notch overnight and are blowing 25-35 with gusts near 60.  Mountain temperatures are in the upper twenties to low thirties.  The backcountry offers supportable to breakable crusts on the sunnier aspects to punchy settled powder on the sheltered northerly slopes. 


Avalanche Conditions:

No new avalanches were reported from the backcountry, although the southerly winds from the past 18 hours or so likely deposited a few isolated stubborn wind drifts along the highest ridgelines.  Otherwise, it’s still mostly quiet and the snow geeks are left to map the snow surface conditions for tonight’s storm.  Those coming out of the backcountry late on a dusk patrol should be aware of potentially changing conditions late afternoon as snow starts to fall in earnest. 


Bottom Line:

The avalanche danger is mostly LOW with the exception of a few new wind drifts scattered along the highest elevation starting zones.  By late afternoon, sluffing in the new snow may occur on the steepest southern slopes that sport slick underlying crusts.


Mountain Weather:

With a juicy Pacific storm on the doorstep, we’ll have overcast skies and a few inches of snow during the day before snow starts to fall in earnest with the passing cold front this afternoon. Winds will be from the southwest at 25-35mph along the high ridges.  10,000’ temps will be in the mid-twenties before dropping to the mid-teens tonight.  8000’ highs will be in the mid-thirties.  The good news is that we’re finally set up with an active storm track that should set us up for another storm Thursday and another one over the weekend.  It’s about time.


Regional Snow Profile (this profile can also be found daily off our home page under avalanche products)

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Yesterday, Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew along the Cascade Ridgeline.  While it’s unlikely that they will get out today, their proposed itinerary has them back in Provo and in American Fork.  For more info, call 742-2800.

We appreciate 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.

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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)

I will update this advisory by 7:30 Tuesday morning.  Thanks for calling.