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Monday, December 04, 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, December 04, 2006 and it’s 7:30 in the morning. 


Current Conditions:

Skies are clear with warmer, albeit inverted mountain temperatures.  Temps above 9000’ are in the mid to low twenties while the cold sinks have temps in the single digits.  You can see the handwriting on the wall with the development of the ‘haze’ in the valleys and we’ll need something to stir the pot soon.  Winds remain light from the northwest with some of the highest ridgelines recording a few hourly averages in the mid twenties.  Riding conditions remain excellent with a soon-to-soften zipper on the sunny aspects. 


Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:

Like my old grandpa used to say…..‘if there ain’t nothing happening, ain’t nothing gonna happen’.  With weakening surface snow and sluffing the only thing to write home about, it looks like it might come down to hoping for a new storm before the mid-pack rots out at least at the mid-elevations.  The colder temperatures have done little to heal the weak faceted snow in the shallower areas while efficiently promoting recrystallization and surface hoar development on the surface.  If you need to knock the cobwebs off your surface hoar and temperature gradient snow understanding, check out our snow encyclopedia here.  In the mean time, enjoy the turns in the hills, avoid that odd wind drift in the highest, most exposed terrain, and be alert to the wet snow activity in the afternoon. 


Bottom Line:

The avalanche danger is mostly LOW today.  The danger of wet loose snow activity will rise to MODERATE with daytime heating.


Mountain Weather:

High pressure will generally dominate our weather pattern for the upcoming week.  8000’ and 10,000’ temps will rise to 40 and 32 degrees today while the northwesterly winds remain on their best behavior.  A storm passing by to the north of us should temporarily bump speeds and lower temps by late Tuesday.  The models are bouncing around a splitting system for the weekend, but looks like we may just be grasping at straws.



Our partners, the FUAC, will hold their next fundraiser at Brewvies on Dec 7th. There will be two showings of TGR’s new film, “The Anomaly”, at 7pm and 9pm.  Advance tickets are available.


We appreciate any snowpack and avalanche observations you have, so 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.


Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 on Tuesday morning and thanks for calling.