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.

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Tuesday, January 02, 2007  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 Tuesday, January 02, 2007 and it’s 7:30 in the morning. 


Current Conditions:

The weather produced pleasant conditions in the mountains over the last few days with mild temperatures and light winds.  Currently under partly cloudy skies, ridgetop temperatures are around 20 degrees and north northeast winds are generally less then 10 mph.


Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:

There’s nothing significant to report from the backcountry on Monday.  Faceting continues to weaken the snow surface and is breaking down a few of the thinner wind crusts.  People are still getting decent shears around the buried rime crust which we will want to pay attention to for a while still.  This stuff presents no problem right now but has the potential as a weakness with a larger load of snow.


For today you will want to watch for lingering pockets that may release under the weight of a person.  These will mainly be above about 8500 to 9000 feet on west through north through east facing slopes.  Watch any slope that has stiff wind affected snow in these areas.  Continue to practice safe route finding techniques such as putting only one person on a slope at a time and clearing the avalanche run out zones.  If you don’t follow these procedures during periods of LOW danger, you may have the tendency to cut corners just from habit when the danger is higher.


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

Most terrain across the Wasatch has a LOW danger today.  Very isolated pockets of MODERATE danger remain at mid and upper elevation west through north through east facing aspects with wind affected snow.   


Mountain Weather:  Some moisture is spilling over the high pressure ridge which will produce partly cloudy skies with increasing clouds today.  Ridgetop temperatures will be mild and in the upper 20s to mid 30s.  Ridgetop winds will be from the northwest in the 5 to 15 mph range.  Partly cloudy conditions will persist Wednesday and Thursday with mild temperatures.  Winds will increase somewhat the next few days then we’ll have a chance for snow Thursday afternoon into Friday with much colder temperatures.



Announcements: Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in American Fork and Cascade.  Today they’ll be in Mineral, Cardiff, Days, Silver, Grizzly, Mill Creek, American Fork & White Pine and possibly Cascade.

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Evelyn Lees
will update this advisory by 7:30 on Wednesday morning, and thanks for calling.