Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Sunday, March 25, 2007  7:30 am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Sunday, March 25, 2007 and it’s 7:30 in the morning.


Current Conditions:

It’s yet another beautiful spring day in the Wasatch, with clear skies and light westerly winds.  Overnight lows dropped into the upper twenties and low thirties, and it’ll be a perfect day to go for a longer super-tour and work the aspects for corn all day long.  If you don’t stray beyond 5 degrees on either side of true north, you can milk a number of turns on recrystallized snow above about 9000’.  Today’s corn skiing and riding may be the ticket – increasing winds and convective cloud cover may thwart Monday’s show ahead of what looks to be a powerhouse for Tuesday and Wednesday.  Perhaps up to and over two feet of snow for storm totals. 


Snow and Avalanche Discussion:

Same as it ever was.  Play your cards right by getting off the slopes before they become unsupportable.  Be alert to softening crusts over unsupportable glop, easily discovered by plunging a ski or probe pole into the snow.  Collapsible corn crusts may be more prominent in shallower snowpack areas, and may even ‘whoomph’ on you.  If you’re not an avalanche professional, you may be alright – as far as I know, only avy pros, many of whom I count as good friends, are the ones caught and/or carried by these enigmatic corn slabs. 


Like most things in life, timing is everything.  Springtime is about both spatial and temporal variability.  If you miss the window today, well, it’s back to the white room for a few days and a whole new batch of avalanche problems.  Stay tuned.


Bottom Line for the Salt Lake, Park City, Provo and Ogden area mountains: 

The avalanche danger is generally LOW this morning, and will rise to MODERATE on slopes steeper than about 35 degrees with daytime heating.  The rising danger will follow the sun – first on easterly facing slopes, then south and then west. 


Mountain Weather: 

We’ll have clear skies and temps warming to the 50’s at 8000’ and near 40 at 10,000’.  Winds will be westerly and 15-20mph.  Tomorrow’s show will be headlined with increasing southwesterly winds and convective thunderstorms, particularly up north, with potential localized water amounts of up to a half inch of water.  Monday night winds are expected to scream into the 50mph range before the storm moves overhead. A lot of elements are in place for a good spring storm for mid-week, then drying out for the weekend.



The Wasatch Powderbird Guides were in Cascade and American Fork.  They’ll return today. For more info, call 742-2800.


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