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February 24, 2007 7:30 am
Good morning, this is Evelyn Lees with the
announcement: If conditions permit, UDOT
will do avalanche control work in the Kessler and Argenta slide paths of
The storm is winding
down, with a few lingering snow showers in the Cottonwoods. Storm totals in the
Snow and Avalanche Discussion:
Limited observations came in from the backcountry yesterday, due to poor visibility and the commendable common sense that kept most travelers in low angle terrain. There were reports of sensitive sluffing and a few soft slabs in the new snow. Cornices and drifts were becoming increasingly sensitive late in the day as the winds increased.
New snow avalanches, both sluffs and soft slabs, will be easy to trigger today, especially on steep wind drifted slopes and in areas that received the most snow. The wind drifts will be most widespread along the ridgelines, and on slopes facing east through south. But watch out for and avoid new and hidden old drifts on any steep slope, which may be well off ridgelines, around breakovers and other terrain features. Any slide triggered in the new snow has the potential to step down and break into deeper weak layers, resulting in a larger, more dangerous slide. Cornices are sensitive, breaking back further than normal. Direct sun later today has the potential to trigger loose sluffs with heating on steep, sunny slopes.
Even more dangerous will
be any slide breaking on the deeply buried facets. A series of Wasatch storms over the past 2
weeks with 3 to 6 of water weight has landed on top of a
Bottom Line for the
An AVALANCHE WARNING remains in affect for
the mountains of
A ridge of high pressure will build over the region today, with a fast moving pacific weather disturbance approaching tonight. Today, skies will be partly cloudy to mostly sunny. The northwesterly winds will continue to decrease, and generally be in the 5 to 15 mph range, with gusts to 30 across the highest peaks. Temperatures today will reach the low 20s at 8,000 and remain in the single digits at 10,000. Increasing clouds and southwesterly winds tonight, with 4 to 8 of snow possible by Sunday night.
Yesterday, the Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly due to weather and if they can fly today, they will be in Silver, Cardiff, Days, Grizzly, White Pine, American Fork and Snake Creek. With questions regarding their areas of operation call 742-2800.
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We appreciate all the great snowpack and avalanche observations weve 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.
Drew Hardesty will update this advisory by 7:30 on Sunday morning, and thanks for calling.