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“keeping you on top”
January 26, 2008 7:30 am
Good morning, this is
We are issuing an Avalanche
Watch for Sunday through Monday night for the mountains of Northern Utah and
Under clearing skies, temperatures are in the low teens this morning. The southwesterly winds have decreased into the 10 to 15 mph range in the Salt Lake and Park City mountains, while the more favored Ogden and Provo mountains still have stations with averages in the 25 to 35 mph range and gusts in the 40’s. Some mountain locations picked up a trace to few inches of fluffy snow in the past 24 hours. The shady wind sheltered slopes continue to have some of the best powder money can’t buy, while the exposed ridgelines and open terrain has some wind damage. The sunny slopes will range from crusty early to damp as the day heats up.
wind drifts one to two feet deep developed in exposed terrain, mostly
confined to higher ridges. The most
interesting activity was reported from the
Today, sensitive winds drifts will once again be the main avalanche concern, especially where the drifts are sitting on weak faceted snow. These drifts deposited on surface hoar or near surface facets could break out wider than expected and possibly from a distance. Any of the one to two foot deep drifts will take you for a ride, and should be carefully avoided on steep slopes. Cornices are also sensitive and breaking back further than expected. In your travels today, carefully examine the weak layers in the upper two feet of the snowpack with quick hand pits. Everyone is intensely interested in the distribution of these upper pack weak layers, as they have the potential to create a larger, deeper slides and a more complex and persistent avalanche cycle with the expected strong storm. (Recent snow profiles)
Also, it is still possible to trigger loose snow sluffs on steep shady slopes, especially those approaching 40 degrees or steeper. These sluffs are large enough to catch and carry a person in steep terrain. As the day heats up it may become possible to trigger damp sluffs on steep, sunny slopes.
Bottom Line for the
The avalanche danger is MODERATE on steep slopes with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. These will be most widespread along the higher ridgelines, on northwest through northeasterly facing slopes, but be alert for drifts cross loaded onto other aspects, off ridgelines and in open bowls. Out of the wind affected terrain and on slopes less steep then 35 degrees the danger is LOW., though it is still possible to trigger sluffs on very steep slopes.
Today will be delightful
as a short-lived ridge of high pressure builds over northern
Yesterday, Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly. Today, if weather allows, they’ll be in Mineral,
The second annual avalanche awareness snowmobile ride is Saturday, February 2nd and proceeds will help support snowmobile specific avalanche awareness projects. Details can be found at http://www.avarides.com/
Backcountry Awareness Week is February 8-10th,
featuring a Friday night fundraising dinner with guest speaker David Oliver Relin, author of the New York Times bestseller Three
Cups of Tea: One Man's
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If you see any avalanches or interesting snow conditions, please leave us a message 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 Sunday morning.