Wasatch Cache National Forest
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 Salt Lake County.



Sunday, January 15, 20067:30am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.Today is Sunday, January 15, 2006, and itís about 7:30 am.

Current Conditions:
Now that the first wave has dumped 3-6Ē across the range, the skies are starry, the winds are mellow and the crickets are chirping.Avalanche teams may want to have another cup of coffee and wait a few hours for the main thrust of this storm.Itís a little anti-climactic, particularly after getting blown around in the pre-frontal strong southwesterly winds for most of the day yesterday.Mountain temperatures are about 10 degrees colder than this time yesterday and are in the upper teens and low twenties.Winds veered overnight and are blowing 15-20 out of the west northwest.Conditions in the backcountry will be dust on crust until things get fired up by late morning.††††

Avalanche Conditions:
There were no reports of new avalanches in the backcountry yesterday.Dawn and dusk patrollers will have very different stories tonight.This morning, sluff management will be the cause for concern in the 10-12% density snow that fell on a wide range of slick wind and sun crusts formed over the last couple of days.Take care to not lose your edges and go for a slide-for-life in the steep radical terrain.By about noon, snow should begin falling in earnest with heavy snowfall expected through the evening.Loose snow avalanches will begin to pack more of a punch and sensitive soft slabs may start to form along the high elevation lee ridgelines.We have accidents every year where folks ignore the changing conditions and fail to adjust their terrain choices in the face of a rising hazard.

Bottom Line:

Today the avalanche danger of loose snow and soft slab avalanches will rise to MODERATE and perhaps even CONSIDERABLE by early evening with expectation of heavy snowfall throughout the day.


Mountain Weather:

The second tier of a potent storm system will move through by late morning and should produce heavy snowfall through at least midnight tonight.8000í highs will top out in the low twenties with 10,000í temps continuing to fall in to the single digits.Winds will shift more northwesterly and blow 15-20mph with locally higher wind speeds.A ridge of high pressure builds in for tomorrow with the next good storm by about midweek.



We need to prevent unnecessary call outs of Wasatch Backcountry Rescue to search avalanches that no one was caught in.†† If you trigger a slide within site of ski areas, the highway, etc, please immediately report it to a local authority by phone or in person.This will prevent unneeded searches and putting rescuers in danger.

3rd Annual Backcountry Awareness Week Monday Jan 30-Sunday February 5
Fundraising Dinner February 3rd at 6pm with speakers Conrad Anker and Apa Sherpa.For more info, go to www.backcountryawareness.com or call Snowbird at 933-2147.


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Please report any backcountry snow and avalanche conditions.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.

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