Wasatch Cache National Forest
In partnership with: Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation, The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Emergency Services and Homeland Security and Salt Lake County.

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Monday, March 26, 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 Monday, March 26, 2007 and it’s 7:30 in the morning.


Current Conditions:

We have partly cloudy skies this morning with light west to southwesterly winds.  Overnight lows dropped to the low to mid-30’s above 9000’ and the upper 30’s to low 40’s below that.  Conditions are excellent for long travel in the mountains, though with today’s increasing winds, clouds, and convective instability, it may not be textbook corn skiing and riding. 


Snow and Avalanche Discussion:

Last week’s new snow instabilities are long gone and folks seem to be on the good early morning routine for the spring diurnal cycle.  Keep up the good work by being off the overheated slopes as the day progresses. 


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

The avalanche danger is generally LOW this morning, and may rise to MODERATE on slopes steeper than about 35 degrees with daytime heating. 


Mountain Weather: 

We’ll have increasing southwesterly winds today and localized thunderstorms with convective development in the northern and central Wasatch.  8000’ temperatures will rise into the 50’s with 10k free air temps rising to near 40.  By the afternoon, winds should be blowing 30-35mph increasing to near 50 along the ridgetops late tonight.  The storm moves in tomorrow with heavy snowfall expected through late Wednesday.  We could see storm totals of up to 2’ in favored locations, with temps dropping into the low teens by late Tuesday.



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


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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 Tuesday morning, and thanks for calling.