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January 01, 2006 7:30am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
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I HAVE ISSUED A SPECIAL AVALANCHE STATEMENT FOR THE MOUNTAINS OF
Heavy snowfall continues into this morning with overnight totals adding
up to another 12-16” in the most of the ranges of northern
One man remains missing in an avalanche accident high on Timpanogos from
yesterday afternoon. Check back for a
preliminary report later today, but what we know now is that two snowshoers
Elsewhere across the range, backcountry travelers and ski patrol personnel triggered both stubborn and sensitive new wind drifts averaging 1-2’ deep and up to 300’ wide. Two skiers were caught and carried in upper Big Cottonwood canyon in separate slides, while other travelers reported close calls with unintentionally triggered avalanches. These were on a variety of aspects, from west to north to southeast at the mid and upper elevations, and not all in the standard starting zones. Two avalanches pulled into older faceted snow from November and December. One party triggered a slide into these older weak layers on the west face of Gobbler’s Knob 2’ deep by 300’ wide while another team in Provo dropped a cornice pulling out a wind slab, which subsequently stepped 3’ down into older faceted snow from early December. Check here for more details by mid-morning.
The unbelievable water weight of 3-5” in the past few days combined with the strong southerly and now northwesterly will continue to wreak havoc with avalanches in the mountains of northern Utah. Large natural and human triggered avalanches may be expected today. Areas with a locally shallow snowpack will be more prone to stepping down into older, weaker layers. Those without good avalanche or route finding skills should avoid being on or underneath steep slopes.
The avalanche danger is HIGH on steep mid and upper elevation wind-drifted slopes. Non wind-drifted areas at the mid elevations will have a CONSIDERABLE danger.
Snow showers will taper off this morning and skies will become partly cloudy by afternoon. The northwest winds will remain moderate to strong this morning before tapering off midday as they back westerly and then to the southwest ahead of the next storm, set for tomorrow. 10,000’ temps will be in the upper teens before warming to the low twenties this afternoon.
Regional Snow Profile (this profile can also be found daily off our home page under avalanche products)
Yesterday, Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly and will be grounded again today. For more info, call 742-2800.
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.
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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.
I will update this advisory by 7:30 Monday morning. Thanks for calling.