Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Friday, February 22, 2008  7:30 am
Good morning, this is Brett Kobernik with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Friday, February 22, 2008 and it’s about 7:30 am. 


Current Conditions:

A few more inches of snow fell during the day on Thursday which helped improve riding conditions a bit.  Winds were relatively non existent and have increased just slightly at the most exposed locations but only averaging 15 mph from the southwest.  Everywhere else wind speeds are less then 10 mph.  Temperatures are in the mid teens at the higher locations and mid 20s at the mid and lower mountain locations.

Snow and Avalanche Discussion:

The newer snow was sluffing on steeper slopes Thursday.  Most of these didn’t pack much punch but one backcountry observer noted a couple that possibly could have knocked a person over if they were in just the right spot.  My observation was that the new snow bonded well to the old surface but there was some weakness within the newer snow.  Shovel tilt tests revealed this nicely as well as the fact that the bed surface of the sluffs in areas I visited was a half inch to an inch above the old melt freeze and wind crusts.  (Shovel Tilt “how to” video)


For today avalanche concerns revolve around the newest snow and snow that may fall during the day today.  Things aren’t going to get real dangerous out there today but be aware that the avalanche danger will be on the rise with additional snowfall.  Yesterday’s instability may be a thing of the past but check it out before dismissing it.  Push the newer snow on steep test slopes to reveal where any weakness may be.  Again, shovel tilt tests should help identify this as well.  Watch for cracking later in the day and during periods of heavy snowfall if they should occur.  This is a big indicator of instability and a clue that the avalanche danger is rising.


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

The avalanche danger is generally LOW this morning with minor sluffing the main concern.  The avalanche danger may rise to MODERATE this afternoon if additional expected snowfall verifies.   


Mountain Weather:

We’ll have cloudy skies with periods of snow during the day and into tonight.  3 to 6 inches of snow is expected during the day with another shot overnight that may produce another 6 inches or better.  Temperatures at 8000 feet will be around 30 with higher locations in the mid 20s.  Winds will pick up slightly from the southwest.  Snow tapers off Saturday then another storm should produce snow Sunday into Monday.


Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not fly yesterday due to weather and they will probably not fly today.  For more detailed information please call (801) 742-2800 or go to their daily blog.


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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.

Evelyn Lees will update this advisory by 7:30 on Saturday morning.