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.



Monday, April 10, 2006  7:30 am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Monday, April 10, 2006, and it’s about 7:30 am. 


Current Conditions:

Skies are partly to mostly cloudy ahead of the next weak two pronged storm. Overnight lows again remained warm with the freezing line at around 9500’.  Moderate to strong south to southwesterly winds and radiational cooling will drop a superficial refreeze down to about 8000’, but expect breakable crust and then mank with any heating.  The only dry snow can be found on high north above 10,000’.


Recent Avalanche Activity & Snowpack Discussion:

Wet activity followed the standard pattern yesterday with point releases and wet ‘push-alanches’ increasing with daytime heating.  In lower Deer Creek near Box Elder, a snowmachiner got a collapse and fracture of a saturated wet slab on a southeast facing slope.  The saturated snow at the lower elevations sorely needs some cooler temps to lock up and gain strength through the diurnal melt freeze process.  Exercise caution if traveling through mid and low elevation slopes that are becoming unsupportable.


The strong southerly winds may have cross-loaded a pocket or two up high warranting some caution in the more extreme terrain.  The new snow should bond quite well to the old snow surfaces, but if we get more than expected, be alert to some sluffing and changing conditions. 


Bottom Line:

The avalanche danger for wet sluffs and slabs today will remain at MODERATE at the mid and low elevations.  Give wide berth to weakening cornices and expanding glide cracks.


Mountain Weather:

Behind the cold front, 8000’ highs should only reach into the mid-40’s today with 10,000’ temps dropping to the low 20’s.  The southwest winds will blow 20-30 mph this morning, only to lose steam as they veer to the west by midday.  We’ll see 1-3” today and then another 2-4” tonight before we’re back into a warming trend.  The longer range models bring a storm through Friday night with another one on Monday.


The second annual “Beacon and Eggs” contests are in full swing, with BIG prizes to the winners.  The next big event is next Saturday at Snowbird.    For more information, go to http://www.snowbird.com/events/events/beaconandeggs.html


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

The Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not get out yesterday and are unlikely to fly today.  For more info, call 742-2800.
Special announcement:

The Wasatch-Cache National Forest is authorizing Wasatch Powderbird Guides to operate within established golden eagle mitigation buffers to aid research biologists collecting data to evaluate the effects of heli-skiing operations on nesting golden eagles in the Tri Canyon Area. This authorization is under permit from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in cooperation with Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and will be in effect through 30 April 2006.  For further information please contract Steve Scheid at the Salt Lake Ranger District at 801-733-2689.

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.

Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 Tuesday morning.  Thanks for calling.