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March 27, 2006 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
The winds that blew the gate
off my fence in town Saturday night ravaged the mountains with hourly wind speeds
of 35-45mph with gusts to 70. The strong
west to northwest winds persisted into late Sunday morning when they finally
showed mercy and dropped to a more reasonable 15-20mph. It snowed a few more inches during the day
and storm totals are pushing 10-12” in favored locations in the Central and
Recent Avalanche Activity & Snowpack Discussion:
Plumes off the high peaks
and blowing snow in the parking lots clued in even the most oblivious and
distracted that it would be something of an active day in the backcountry. You could count on the strong northwest and
southwest winds loading unusual slopes while drifting snow lower into the
starting zones and encatchment areas. At
the ski resorts, control teams knocked down soft and hard slab avalanches with
ski cuts and explosives as the backcountry yielded a few close calls. Three skiers took rides in separate
avalanches yesterday with the most serious in the upper Lawnmower off the north
Fair bonding to the old snow surfaces, a warming trend, and 16 hours of settlement should take the fight out of most, but not all, of yesterday’s wind drifts. Clear skies, excessive warming, and light winds, on the other hand, will make today the day for wet activity. By mid-morning, it’ll be easy to get the dampened snow surfaces to run on the steeper sun-exposed slopes. It’ll intensify by the early afternoon and I’d expect fair debris piles under the steepest confined paths on the east through westerly facing slopes. If you’re finding yourself up to your boot-tops or watching clinkers roll down from trees, rocks, or cliffbands, move to a cooler aspect or head to the house. Dampening of the snow on the lower elevation shady slopes may make terrain traps hazardous as well.
Pockets of MODERATE danger exist for cold dry wind slab on a variety of aspects at the mid and upper elevations. Natural wet activity from daytime heating will bump the danger to CONSIDERABLE on the east through south through west aspects at all elevations. Human triggered and natural wet sluff and slab avalanches are likely. Avoid being on or beneath steep sun exposed slopes by late morning.
The bluebird will sing today with generally light southwesterly winds. Rapid warming will push 8000’ highs into the mid-40’s with 10,000’ temps pushing 30 degrees. Anticipate increasing southwesterly winds and cloud cover ahead of the next storm, slated to affect the Wasatch initially on a southwesterly flow tomorrow through early Thursday.
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
Early birds and snow geeks can catch our 6AM report at 364-1591.
Click here to check out our new online avalanche encyclopedia.
Click HERE for a text only version of the avalanche advisory.
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
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides didn’t get out yesterday. Today, they’ll use an earned Tri-Canyon permit day to fly in Silver, Days,
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.
We will update this advisory by 7:30 Tuesday morning. Thanks for calling.