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February 23, 2007 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the
Yesterday was the 13th day in a row with human triggered avalanches and my money is on……ah, forget it. Look, conditions are scary! You can trigger a deadly avalanche today, tomorrow, the next day, etc. Strong southwest winds make the weather headlines from yesterday. They’ve been strong for a period of over 24 hours now. Temperatures are dropping and are around 20 degrees in the 8000 to 9000 foot range. Heavy snowfall started falling around 4am and has been snowing in the 3 inch an hour range for the past couple of hours!! Snowbird had 6 inches already at 6 am in the village.
Snow and Avalanche Discussion:
The body of an avalanche victim on Gobblers Knob was recovered yesterday. (For details, click the Accidents link on the left) The avalanche that killed him was around 250 feet wide, 1 to 2 feet deep and ran around 6-800 feet vertical. He was killed from trauma.
Other activity from
yesterday included natural avalanching from the recent winds overloading lee
in the Uintas) A backcountry
snowboarder remotely triggered an avalanche 2 ˝ feet deep and 75 to 100 feet
wide from a safe distance away. Two other
human triggered avalanches were reported from the
If you do feel the need to test your avalanche assessment skills today the first thing to keep in mind are the recent strong winds. This has transported snow into fresh drifts that were cracking out yesterday. These, however, are the least of your worries.
Overloading of the very weak basal snowpack layers is by far the biggest concern. Avalanching on this layer continues. Did I already mention 13 days in a row of people triggering large and dangerous avalanches. DON’T SCREW AROUND WITH IT! Winds will have overloaded some slopes or just pushed them that much closer to the brink. Additional weight from today’s expected snow will compound the problem.
Bottom Line for the
An AVALANCHE WARNING remains
in affect for the mountains of
Snow is falling and
will continue for most of the day before tapering off this evening some
time. Most mountain locations in
Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly due to wind and will not fly today. With questions regarding their areas of operation call 742-2800.
Listen to the
advisory. Try our new streaming audio or
UDOT highway avalanche control work info can be found HERE or by calling (801) 975-4838.
Our statewide tollfree line is 1-888-999-4019 (early morning, option 8).
For a list of avalanche classes, click HERE
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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.
Evelyn Lees will update this advisory by 7:30 on Saturday morning, and thanks for calling.