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January 13, 2007 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
Well, the snow you had
to shovel in your driveway this past week probably equals the new snow that
fell in the mountains. Storm totals from
Thursday were 5 to 10 inches throughout our forecast area, with the higher
numbers north in the
Today, youll be basically turning and riding on the old snow surface from last week which could be anything from crusts, wind slabs, tracks and rocks to the rare old soft snow on very sheltered shady slopes. Some of the southerly facing slopes are inconsistent to the point of being down right dangerous. Low angle terrain may have the most consistent turns.
Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:
snow sluffs were the only avalanche activity reported from the
Bottom Line for the
Today the avalanche danger is generally LOW. There are pockets of MODERATE danger on slopes approaching 40 degrees or steeper on all aspects, due to sluffing of the new snow and a few rouge wind drifts. If the winds pick up where you are, stay off of any steep slope with fresh wind drifts. In the windier Ogden and Provo area mountains, the avalanche danger is MODERATE on slopes of about 35 degrees or steeper, where triggering wind pillows 1 to 2 feet deep and loose snow sluffs is possible.
Skies will be partly to mostly cloudy today, with instability showers delivering a few inches of very light snow. The winds are currently in the process of shifting to a more northwesterly direction, and should remain in the 5 to 15 mph range, with only a few locations averaging 20 mph with gusts to 25. Temperatures will linger near zero along the ridges, and struggle to reach 5 above at 8,000. Sunday will be similar partly cloudy, light snow showers and extremely cold. The extended forecast is looking rather bleak, with no new snow expected until the end of the week.
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