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“keeping you on top”
January 05, 2008 11:30 am
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the
An avalanche watch continues for the
southerly winds continued on cue during the day on Friday as well as
overnight. Averages in the 50s and 60s
with gusts around 100 mph were common on the most exposed peaks. Temperatures remained warm overnight with the
snow level hovering in the 7000 foot range but now dropping. The fire hose was pointed strait at the upper
Cottonwoods overnight with snow totals of around a foot of graupel which
measures near 30 percent density. The
The storm is producing a variety of avalanche concerns today all basically due to the new snow and water totals. First, the winds will have drifted the new snow into some large new drifts that may be currently releasing naturally and most definitely shouldn’t be toyed with by people. The drifting snow has also added a large amount of weight to the snowpack on the lee sides which could potentially overload the snowpack and release avalanches that break into older snow on a variety of aspects. Also, with the rain on snow at the lower elevations, any steep slope or terrain trap should be avoided because of potential wet avalanche activity there.
Bottom Line for the
The avalanche danger has either reached HIGH or will do so this morning with additional snow. Stay out from underneath any steep slope today. Avoid terrain traps such as gully bottoms. Again, people without expert level avalanche and snowpack assessment skills should seriously consider avoiding the backcountry.
Unstable air with good orographic lift should keep snow falling through 1 pm this afternoon. Densities should start to lighten up. Snowfall rates may not be as heavy as we saw this morning. The worst of the winds should be over but will continue in the 20 to 30 mph range along the ridges from a westerly direction. Temperatures should drop into the low 20s. We’ll see a break this afternoon then another round of snow for Sunday.
Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly yesterday, and will not be flying today due to high winds. For more information, call them at 801-742-2800.
Solitude’s beacon park is now up and running, and ready for use. It’s FREE and located just off the northwest corner of the lower lot.
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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.