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March 14, 2006 12:00am update
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
An initial report from
the Snowbasin backcountry incident can be found here.
Updated Bottom Line:
12 pm update: Today is a day of increasing avalanche
danger as the winds continue to transport snow and create fresh wind
drifts. The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on all steep, wind drifted slopes and in the most
exposed terrain has risen to HIGH. Natural avalanche are already being reported
from many locations in the
Today, a combination of sun and wind will crash the powder party. The southerly winds have already increased into the 25 to 30 mph range across the higher peaks favored by southwest flow, with gusts to near 40. More sheltered stations have speeds in the teens, with gusts in the mid 20’s. Skies are clear, and temperatures are once again in the single digits and low teens.
Yesterday’s cloud cover varied drainage to drainage, so while most aspects will have epic powder this morning, a few slopes were heat affected yesterday. But get the goods fast, as the sunny slopes will rapidly go “off” and wind damage will increase through out the day.
Recent Avalanche Activity & Snowpack Discussion:
Avalanche activity reported
Today's sun and moderate to strong southerly winds will be rapidly changing the landscape. There is almost limitless, light snow available for transport, and the moderate to strong southerly winds will be blowing the snow into sensitive drifts that will be easy to trigger on steep slopes. While soft, they will still be large enough to carry and bury a person. Natural avalanche may be possible. Look for and avoid the new drifts both along the ridges, and off the ridge lines where they will be cross loaded around gully walls, sub ridges and steep breakovers.
Clear skies, strong sun and warming temperatures may combine to give us a brief wet slide cycle until the clouds move in later today. The cold snow will be sensitive to the rapid heating, and it may be easy to trigger sluffs and shallow soft slabs on steep sunny slopes and lower elevation shady slopes. It may even be possible for a few natural wet sluffs to occur, so avoid travel beneath steep sunny slopes
12 pm update: Today is a
day of increasing avalanche danger as the winds continue to transport snow
and create fresh wind drifts. The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on all steep, wind
drifted slopes and in the most exposed terrain has risen to HIGH. Natural avalanche are already being reported
from many locations in the
A ridge of high pressure will slide east of the area today as another
storm system heads into the western
Here is a great link to a web site on avalanche beacon information, created by a person who did independent research and testing of avalanche beacons. http://beaconreviews.com
There are several free
automated avalanche beacon practice areas open, including one at Canyons, one
on the by-pass road near Snowbird, one in the northwest corner of the lower lot
at Solitude, and at the Nobletts parking area on the
Early birds and snow geeks can catch our 6AM report at 364-1591.
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 didn’t get out yesterday and today 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.
I will update this advisory by 7:30 Wednesday morning. Thanks for calling.