Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Saturday, December 23, 2006 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory. Today is Saturday, December 23, 2006 and its 7:30 in the morning.


Current Conditions:

Ridgetop temperatures cooled right off and are in the single digits at many locations while northerly winds are light. Only 1 to 2 inches of snow fell in the last 24 hours.


Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:

Fridays soupy weather produced a small amount of snow that would sluff along with some of the faceted surface snow from the last week. Aside from that things are fairly quiet. A thin rime crust reportedly formed during the day in the Ogden mountains on top of the few inches of new snow. Its a good time to take a look at the big picture of the snowpack up to this point. Click HERE for a snow and weather review from mid October to December 20th.


There were a few avalanches during the mid week which demonstrate that you may still find some pockets out there especially near the upper ridges. (Natural avalanche, Red Baldy in the White Pine drainage. PHOTO 1, PHOTO 2) Wind drifts on top of sugary (faceted) snow would be the likely set up.


Bottom Line for the Salt Lake, Park City, Ogden and Provo area mountains:

The avalanche danger is generally LOW today but there are pockets with a MODERATE danger near upper elevation ridges. Watch for drifts and slabs in thin snowpack areas with weaker snow underneath.


Mountain Weather:

Today well see partly cloudy skies with light northerly winds and ridgetop temperatures in the mid 20s. A fast moving storm will affect the northern Utah mountains on Sunday with a chance of snow. Areas north of I-80 have a better chance for snow. Water numbers are not impressive however, and Id only expect 2 to 5 inches of snow in the mountains. An unsettled pattern should remain through the week.



Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly and today they will be in American Fork and Cascade.

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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.

Drew Hardesty will update this advisory by 7:30 on Sunday morning, and thanks for calling.