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February 18, 2006 7:30am
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Skies are partly to mostly cloudy with chilly single digit temperatures at most mountain locations. The southerly winds picked up overnight and are blowing 20-35mph along the upper elevations. Most shady sheltered slopes have excellent riding conditions. Many upper elevation areas have some wind damage and many due south slopes are now crusted.
The central Wasatch ran the gamut of avalanche activity, from long running sluffs to shallow pockety wind drifts, a skier triggered hard slab, and even a glide avalanche in upper Stairs Gulch. The only slide of note, however, was the slide in the East Bowl of Silver Fork, where a skier triggered a hard slab 1’ deep and 60’ wide that broke about 10’ above him. The others were mostly harmless except where consequences would have played a role.
With plenty of snow to blow around, today’s moderate winds will likely drift the snow into sensitive shallow slabs on the northerly through east facing slopes in the higher terrain. In the absence of wind or temperature effects, shady slopes will support some sluffing in the new snow.
A MODERATE danger exists on steep upper elevation terrain with new and old wind drifts. Human triggered slab avalanches are possible. Terrain down off of the ridgelines has a mostly LOW danger.
With the next set of Pacific storms on the doorstep, we’ll see increasing clouds and stronger southerly winds. Light snowfall will begin about midday and we’ll see periods of snow over the next 24 hours that may add up to 6-12”. The southwesterly winds will average 25-30 mph until about noon, when they’ll drop to 15-20mph. 8000’ highs will reach the mid-teens with 10,000’ temps about 10 degrees.
Early birds and snow geeks can catch our 6AM report at 364-1591.
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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.
Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 Sunday morning. Thanks for calling.