Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Friday, January 12, 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 Friday, January 12, 2007 and it’s 7:30 in the morning.


Current Conditions:

Well, we remain in a holding pattern.  Many areas have a weak snow structure but without a significant new load and the absence of wind, the avalanche danger stays about the same.  The mountains have overcast skies with scattered light snow showers along with dropping temperatures and wind speeds over the last 24 hours.  Temps are down into the single digits to around zero and wind speeds are generally less then 10 mph with an easterly component.  24 hour snow totals are 5 to 8 inches throughout our forecast area.  With lack of significant wind to enhance orographic lift, the valleys, once again, did almost as good with snowfall as higher up in the canyons.


Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:

Not much to report from Thursday except that the new snow was sluffing quite easily.  Potential for burial was not much but sluffs were large enough to knock you off your feet.  The better riding conditions were on lower angle slopes where you weren’t feeling the variety of underlying crusts as much.  The new snow has not added enough weight to overload the various weak layers that are deeper in the snowpack.


The main concern for today will be sluffing of the new snow.  Natural activity will have come to a halt but you will still be able to initiate sluffs on the steeper slopes.  These won’t pose a great threat but may become large enough to knock you down.  Last weekends wind slabs did not produce any human triggered avalanches in the Wasatch over the last few days but our forecasters from the Manti Skyline did have a very dense hard slab release as they were approaching it.  If you look hard enough around the Wasatch especially out of the Cottonwoods you might be able to find one of these to release but they’re spotty at best.


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

Today the avalanche danger is generally LOW.  Pockets with a MODERATE danger exist mainly due to sluffing of the new snow on slopes over 35 degrees in steepness on all aspects.


Mountain Weather: 

It’s a pretty simple scenario for the next 24 hours:  cold temperatures, light east winds with snow flurries.  Temperatures will be in the single digits along the ridgelines.  A few inches of light density snow will continue to add up with the best chance for accumulation tonight into Saturday morning.  For the rest of the weekend we’ll see continued cold temperatures and chances for snow flurries.



Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guidesdid not fly.  They will most likely not be able to get out today, but if they do they will be in Mineral, Cardiff, Days, Silver, Grizzly, and American Fork.  If you have questions regarding their areas of operation you can contact them at 742 2800.

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