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“keeping you on top”
January 15, 2007 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the
High pressure will continue to build over the region as warm air aloft moves in to enhance and strengthen inversions over the valleys. The higher mountain stations have temps a few degrees below zero while the thermometers at the bases of some of the alpine drainages have plummeted to 14 below. The klister will have to stay in the box yet another day. The northwesterly winds bumped just along the highest ridgelines overnight into the 20-30 mph range with gusts into the 40’s, but are light in more sheltered areas. Riding conditions are about the same as yesterday – best on the sheltered shady lower angled slopes that weren’t blasted by last week’s wind. The cold temps and low angle of the sun have prevented the sunny slopes from becoming crusted while surface hoar glitters on much of the terrain.
Snowpack and Avalanche Conditions:
One skier in American Fork managed to find and trigger a foot deep 20’ wide hard slab on the sidewall of a steep gulley yesterday, but that was about it, other than some skier-induced sluffing on some steeper slopes.
Those traveling today along the highest ridgelines should watch for some new drifting in the low density snow, primarily on the southerly and easterly aspects. The new drifts, while shallow, may be particularly sensitive as they will come to rest on some very weak surface snow. Remote triggering is a possibility.
Bottom Line for the
Today the avalanche danger is generally LOW with a localized MODERATE danger of loose snow avalanches and shallow new wind drifts in the higher terrain. Human triggered slides will be possible.
Sunny skies will
prevail with 8000’ temps reaching into the teens and the 10,000’ temps heading
to ten degrees. Along the highest
ridgelines, the northerly winds will blow 20-30mph until about midday. The extended outlook looks pretty bleak. The next system moves in about mid-week and
splits. The northern branch grazes
northern Utah Wednesday/Thursday while the southern branch closes off and spins
off the coast of southern
Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in AF, Snake Creek, and along the Cascade ridgeline. Today, they’ll return, within a possible home run out White Pine. If you have questions regarding their areas of operation you can contact them at 742-2800.
Our partners, the Friends
of the UAC, are hosting the 4th Annual Backcountry Awareness Week Fundraising
Dinner on Friday, February 2, 2007. The dinner will be at The Canyons and
Olympic Gold Medal Winner Jim Shea will be the keynote speaker. For tickets and
information visit www.UtahAvalanceCenter.com
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