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February 22, 2007 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Bruce Tremper with the
it appears there is an avalanche fatality late yesterday on the southeast face
of Gobbler’s Knob in
Winds blew very hard last night and they will blow even harder today. On the most exposed peaks, they are blowing 30 gusting to 55 from the south and about half that amount on the lower ridge lines. Temperatures remain warm in the mid 20’s on the ridge lines and near freezing at 8,000’. Later today the winds should blow steady 50, gusting to 80.
Snow and Avalanche Discussion:
Because of the very
strong winds last night, I have issued an avalanche warning for the mountains
of northern and central
All the cagy avalanche folks I know, me included, have sworn off slopes steeper than about 33 degrees for the rest of the season. Remember that unusual weather makes unusual avalanches. Before the latest storms, we had the thinnest snowpack since 1977. Unless you grew up in
Bottom Line for the
An avalanche warning
is in effect today and through the weekend for the mountains of northern and
Winds should blast
from the south today and increase to a steady 50 gusting to 80 by this
afternoon and evening. We have a good,
old-fashioned, cold front—just like the good-old-days—arriving Friday morning,
which should give us a foot of new snow by Saturday morning and if we are
lucky, as much as 1 ½ to 2 feet in areas favored by a northwest flow such as
the Cottonwood Canyons. Ridge top
temperatures will be in the mid 20’s today and drop to near 5 degrees on
We have another storm on tap for Sunday and Monday.
Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly due to wind and most likely will not fly today with the exception of doing avalanche control for the Gobbler’s Knob rescue. With questions regarding their areas of operation call 742-2800.
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UDOT highway avalanche control work info can be found HERE or by calling (801) 975-4838.
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We appreciate all the great snowpack and avalanche observations we’ve been getting, so keep leaving us messages at (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email us at [email protected]. (Fax 801-524-6301)
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.
Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 on Friday morning, and thanks for calling.