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
February 01, 2006† 7:30am
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
††††††††† Current Conditions:
This morning, winds and temperatures are increasing ahead of a rapidly approaching warm front.† Across the ridges, the westerly winds are in the 15 to 25 mph range, with gusts in the 30ís.† Temperatures have warmed into the upper teens to mid 20ís.† Wind sheltered, shady slopes at mid and upper elevations have loose, settled powder this morning, with many other slopes sun or wind damaged. †Todayís new snow may be warmer and denser than the snow itís landing on, creating punchy riding conditions.
In last 4 days there have been at least 6 unintentionally
triggered slides, failing on a variety of weak layers.† This is a giant hint that the snowpack is
less stable than earlier in January, and that recognizing the stability pattern
is getting trickier.† Yesterday, a skier
Today, the most widespread avalanche problem will be fresh wind drifts created by the strong westerly winds.† These drifts will increase in depth and number throughout the day, and will be found both along the ridges and well off the ridgelines, cross loaded around gully walls, sub ridges and breakovers.† Avoid any steep slope with wind drifted snow today, and stay well away from cornices as they may break back further than expected.†
Today, in isolated places, it will be
possible to trigger a deeper and more dangerous slide that takes out the snow from
two or more storms. †The weight of the new
snow could overload some of the more deeply buried weak layers in the snowpack,
including surface hoar and near surface facets. †Triggering one of these larger slides will be
more likely in the
The avalanche danger is increasing today due to strong winds, warming temperatures and new snow.† This morning, the avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes steeper than about 35 degrees, especially slopes with recent drifts of wind blown snow.† With additional wind and snow, the danger will rise to CONSIDERABLE on steep, wind drifted slopes later today.† Considerable means human triggered avalanches are probable and natural avalanches possible. †Natural avalanches may also be possible at the lower elevations if it starts to rain on the snow.
A warm front is racing into northwestern
Click here for the National Weather Service graphic Forecast.†
Early birds and snow geeks can catch our 6AM report at 364-1591.
You can find our mountain weather forecast here by about noon each day.
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, call Snowbird at 933-2147.† Visit www.backcountryawareness.com for more details.
Check out our new graphical advisory format.† You can update your bookmarks to this link:
To have this advisory automatically e-mailed to you each day, click HERE.†
UDOT also has a highway avalanche control work
hotline for Big Cottonwood, Little Cottonwood, and
Wasatch Powderbird Guides didnít get out yesterday and if the weather allows they
will fly in
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.