Wasatch Cache National Forest
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AVALANCHE ADVISORY

Sunday, February 05, 20067:30am
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.Today is Sunday, February 05, 2006, and itís about 7:30 am.

 

Current Conditions:

Ridgetop winds were quite gusty for most of the day on Saturday blowing from the southwest.They shifted around to the northwest just before midnight but continued to blow in the strong range.Temperatures cooled into the 10 to 20 degree range overnight.New snow totals as of 6 am are around 6 inches in the Cottonwoods, 2 to 4 inches in the Provo Mountains, and a couple of inches in the Ogden Mountains.

 

Avalanche Conditions:

Continued windy conditions produced sensitive soft slab avalanches along the upper ridgelines on Saturday.These were both natural and human triggered.Most were 6 to 10 inches deep but I did get one report of a slide 1 to 2 Ĺ feet deep in Broads Fork.These slides ran anywhere from 150 feet to over 1000 feet vertical distance.Debris piles were not that deep but these slides definitely had the potential to take someone for a ride.Once you were off the ridgelines the drifting snow was not near as sensitive producing only stubborn cracking with nothing moving.Click here for some photos

 

Today fresh wind drifts will be the main focus.With the wind shift last night we will see wind slabs on a wider variety of aspects today.You will more then likely find these on north through east through south facing slopes at the upper elevations.It appears that the winds are not getting into the lower elevation terrain but continue to watch for cracking under your feet as you travel today.This is a sure sign you are in wind affect snow.We may be past the point of natural activity and these fresh drifts may be a bit more stubborn today letting you get out on to them before they release.Any fresh drifts along the upper ridgelines are suspect to avalanching today.

 

Bottom Line:

The avalanche danger is MODERATE today in mid and lower elevation non wind affected terrain.†† A CONSIDERABLE danger exists on steep upper elevation terrain that has any recent deposits of wind drifted snow.Natural avalanches are still possible and I would expect that numerous slopes could avalanche with the weight of a person.

Mountain Weather:

Snow showers will continue during the day especially in areas favored by a northwest flow.Another 3 to 5 inches of snow is possible.Gusty winds from the northwest will continue then start to decrease as the day goes on.Ridgetop temperatures will be in the low teens.A ridge of high pressure will start to build in and will keep us dry at least through Friday.

Click here for the National Weather Service graphic Forecast.

 

Announcements:

Click here to check out our new online avalanche encyclopedia.

 

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.

Click HERE for a text only version of the avalanche advisory.

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UDOT also has a highway avalanche control work hotline for Big Cottonwood, Little Cottonwood, and Provo canyons, which is updated as needed. 801-975-4838.

The Wasatch Powderbird Guides didnít get out yesterday probably wonít get out today.†† For more info, call 742-2800.

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.

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