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“keeping you on top”
December 18, 2006 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
Now that the white
dust has settled and the canopy of stars blankets the early morning Wasatch,
let’s take a look at storm totals across the range. The Logan and Ogden mountains picked up 4-6”,
Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:
Most of our observers prudently stayed in sheltered, low angle terrain, but avalanche control teams picked off numerous soft slabs up to a foot deep and 100’ wide. They were most sensitive in the morning with a 20-30mph easterly wind blowing, but by about midday, most of the instabilities had settled out. Instabilities like these are manageable, and like a novice poker player, show their hand early on the first go-around.
Here are a couple pieces of good news: time, settlement and the lack of wind will have fostered a great increase in stability of the new snow and all but a few of the remaining drifts will have settled out. Secondly, the slow addition of weight and bulk to the snowpack will likely help to strengthen some of the buried faceted snow in the mid and lower red-light districts of the snowpack. It’ll be something to monitor nonetheless.
If you’re heading out today, take time to work into the steeper terrain. Drop cornices, jump on test slopes, move from island of safety to island of safety, and do a couple shovel shear or tap tests to get a feel for the bonding of the newer snow.
Bottom Line for the
Most terrain has a LOW avalanche danger. Steep wind drifted slopes will have a MODERATE danger where human triggered avalanches will still be possible. These areas are more pronounced on upper elevation southwest through north and northeast facing terrain. Isolated steep areas will still have some sluff potential as well.
Skies are clear with
expected highs in the teens today. With
the closed Low centered over the AZ/CA border, expect easterly winds to blow
20mph along the ridgelines. The Low is
the main feature affecting the southwest, and is forecast to move easterly
today and tomorrow, kicking a good amount of moisture into southern
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides will be in American Fork and Snake Creek today.
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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.