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
March 29, 2006 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
I have issued an avalanche
warning for the mountains of northern, central and southwestern
Recent Avalanche Activity & Snowpack Discussion:
If you are heading into the backcountry today, you will need to tiptoe around a quite a variety of avalanche problems. At the low and mid elevations, there will be wet snow avalanches, which transition to dry snow and wind drift troubles at the higher elevations.
Above about 7,500, the avalanche danger increases with elevation, due to higher snow amounts and more wind. Expect easily triggered new wind drifts along ridgelines and on steep slopes. While slopes facing the north half of the compass will have the most widespread wind drifts, watch for cross loading on a variety of slope aspects and elevations. Drifts will be around terrain features such as sub ridges, gully walls, and breakovers. There is a concern that slides can break into deeper weak layers that exist near the recent crusts, resulting in a deeper, wider slide.
At the lower elevations,
below about 7,500, substantial rain has fallen on the snowpack in many
locations, with the highest amounts
I have issued an avalanche warning for the mountains of northern,
central and southwestern
The storm system will continue to push a moist and unstable air mass through the area today. An additional 6 to 12 of snow is likely today, with several more hours of heavy snowfall expected this morning. There may be a short lived midday break in the precipitation, followed by more intense snowfall this afternoon as the cold upper low moves into and across the state. Thunderstorms are possible throughout the day. The strong, southwesterly winds will gradually shift to the west today and decrease. Temperatures will be in the low 30s at 8,000 and slowly drop into the low 20s at 10,000. Tonight, an additional 4 to 8 of snow is possible on a northwesterly flow, with wind speeds in the 15 to 25 mph range. Lows will be in the mid to upper teens. A break on Thursday, before the next storm starts to impact the area Friday afternoon.
The Snowbasin Ski Patrol along with the Weber Country Sherriff Search and Rescue and the
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
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly yesterday and will not fly today. 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.