Wasatch Cache National Forest
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 Salt Lake County.



Tuesday, March 28, 2006 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory. Today is Tuesday, March 28, 2006, and its about 7:30 am.


Current Conditions:

Temperatures remained fairly warm overnight with most 8,000 foot locations staying in the mid 30s and 10,000 foot temperatures in the mid to upper 20s. Southerly ridgetop winds continue to blow in the moderate category with average speeds in the 15 to 20 mph range gusting into the 30s with gusts into the 40s at the highest locations. Moisture that is being fed into the area in a southerly flow is currently producing light snow at some mountain locations.


Recent Avalanche Activity & Snowpack Discussion:

No significant avalanche activity was observed on Monday. An expected natural wet avalanche cycle did not come to fruition as mid-day cloud cover and moderate ridgetop winds kept temperatures in check which did not allow the snow to do much more then become somewhat damp. (Click here for more observations & photos from Monday)


Wet activity at lower elevations will be the main concern today. With warm overnight temperatures only a moderate refreeze will have occurred. Terrain below about 8,000 feet must be approached cautiously. Stay out of terrain traps and out from under steep avalanche paths at these elevations.


While the dense snow on the surface is not very prone to drifting, southerly winds will transport some snow today. (Photo-transport from Monday) This means you should watch for minor wind drifts at the higher elevation north facing slopes.


Bottom Line:

There is a MODERATE danger today mainly due to possible wet activity below around 8,000 feet. Steep slopes and terrain traps should be avoided at these locations. Watch upper elevation southerly slopes as well if we see any periods of clearing during the day. Also, you will need to watch for some fresh drifts on northerly facing aspects along the upper ridgelines.


Mountain Weather:

A winter storm is still scheduled to affect us today through Wednesday. Today well see periods of snow with southerly winds in the 20 mph range increasing later this afternoon. Ridgetop temperatures will be in the upper 20s and near 40 at 8,000 feet. Rain may be mixed with snow up to around 8,000. More intense snow will start late this afternoon and continue through Wednesday. The storm could produce one to two inches of water which translates to 12 to 20 inches of snow by Wednesday night.

The Snowbasin Ski Patrol along with the Weber Country Sherrif Search and Rescue and the Utah Avalanche Center is doing a general presentation on avalanche safety and an open discussion about Forest Service Boundary policy and recent backcountry incidents. It will be held on Wednesday, March 29 at 7pm at the Grandview Acres Clubhouse located at 3796 Quincy ave in Ogden. Contact Snowbasin at 620-1000 for more info.



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 Provo canyons, which is updated as needed. 801-975-4838.

The Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in Silver, Days, Cardiff, Mineral, and Grizzly Gulch. They probably wont get out due to weather but will go for Mineral, Cardiff, Days, Silver, A.F. and White Pine if possible. 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.

Evelyn Lees will update this advisory by 7:30 Wednesday morning. Thanks for calling.