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Friday, November 17, 2006  7:30 am
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center.  Today is Friday, November 17, 2006 and it’s 7:30 in the morning. 


Current Conditions:

I won’t describe the weather from yesterday quite like my boss did but it was warm.  Overcast skies and 10,000 foot temperatures in the mid 30s made the snow moist up to at least 9,400 feet.  Temperatures did cool off some what overnight and are now in the mid 20s at 10,000 feet with west northwest winds in the 10 mph range gusting into the 20s.


Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:

No avalanching was reported from yesterday but not many people were out either.  People who were out reported continued collapsing of the snowpack.  Many are still weary of the upper elevation northerly aspects.


I’m afraid we’re going to sound like a broken record for a while talking about the faceted snow near the ground.  While each day that goes by the snowpack tends to relax and isn’t as sensitive, I still have reservations about the northerly facing slopes.  It may take some time before we receive enough snow and it becomes strong enough to “bridge” over this weak snow near the ground.  People who want to recreate in the mountains for a long time need to have patience.  After a mostly stable snowpack last year, we need to adjust to this more unstable start to this season.  CLICK HERE FOR PHOTOS AND MORE INFO


Bottom Line:

The avalanche danger remains MODERATE on northwest, north, and northeast facing slopes above about 9,000’, steeper than about 35 degrees.  The avalanches may be stubborn to trigger but if you do trigger one, it has the potential to be large and dangerous.  On the lower elevation slopes as well as southerly facing slopes that had no preexisting snow prior to last weekend’s storm, the avalanche danger is LOW.  


Mountain Weather:

A mild westerly flow will bring some moisture through northern Utah today but will remain mostly north of Salt Lake City.  Skies will be partly cloudy and 10,000 foot temperatures again will be above freezing.  Westerly winds along the ridgetops will average from 10 to 20 mph.



A weak cold front tonight may bring a few inches of snow to the mountains.  I won’t bore you with the ridge of high pressure and very warm temperatures forecast for early next week.  I’d rather talk about a trof that the weather models have been advertising over the last few days scheduled for sometime late next week.  Let’s hope this is not some sort of false advertising campaign.



The next FUAC fundraiser will be at Brewvies.  the Anomaly” by TGR is playing on Dec 7th.


If there is anything we should know about, please let us know by calling (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 on Saturday and thanks for calling.