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 22, 2006 7:30am
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
We will be giving a free Avalanche Awareness talk at the Sandy REI Thursday night at 7pm.
Tonight is the last night to catch the Banff Mountain Film
Festival at Kingsbury Hall. A long time
fundraiser for the Friends of the
A moist, northwest flow has brought mostly cloudy skies and a dusting of snow to the mountains. Temperatures have warmed, and are in the teens below 9,000’ and the single digits at the higher elevations. Unfortunately, the northwesterly winds have notched it up again along the ridgelines, with many stations reporting 15 to 20 mph averages, with gusts in the 30’s. The most exposed locations have averages in the 40’s, with gusts in the 50’s. The best riding conditions will be on wind sheltered, northerly facing slopes in wonderful powder.
Yesterday’s moderate winds were already
stirring up trouble in the
Out of the soft slab/loose sluff pattern,
there was a disquieting reminder of a potential problem to come. A significant hard slab was triggered by a
natural cornice fall along a ridgeline in the
Winds will continue to work their mischief
today, blowing the snow into sensitive soft to medium hard wind drifts. This morning, the stronger winds are
Today, the avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes steeper than 35 degrees with recent drifts of wind blown snow. In the highest, windiest terrain, there are pockets of CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger, with natural avalanches and cornice falls possible. Out of the wind affected terrain, the avalanche danger is mostly LOW, but long running sluffs are large enough to take you for a ride in the steepest terrain.
A northwest flow over the region will bring mostly cloudy skies and light snow showers to the mountains today through Thursday. The northwesterly winds will be persistent today, remaining in the 15 to 25 mph range across most ridgelines, with locally stronger speeds. Temperatures will warm into the mid 20’s at 8,000’ and the mid teens at 10,000’. Peeking into the future, high pressure should move in for a sunny weekend, with a storm on tap for early next week.
Early birds and snow geeks can catch our 6AM report at 364-1591.
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UDOT also has a highway avalanche control work
hotline for Big Cottonwood, Little Cottonwood, and
Wasatch Powderbirds flew 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.