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“keeping you on top”
March 06, 2008 7:30 am
Good morning, this is
Yesterday I was glad I
wore my long underwear and mittens with ridge top temperatures around 5 degrees
with a 25 mph north wind. The cold,
unstable air boiled up convective clouds around the mountains giving us a skiff
of new snow. This morning, temperatures are
even a little colder than yesterday morning—near zero at the highest peaks and
3 degrees at 10,000’ with a 15 mph wind from the northwest. Today we should have fewer clouds so it will
feel warmer than it is.
Snow surface conditions are the usual sun crusts on most aspects except straight north, some lurch-and-jerk, wind damage in wind exposed areas. Luckily, there is still about 6 inches of nice, settled powder on the north facing, wind sheltered slopes sitting on a supportable crust.
Snow and Avalanche Discussion:
Things are not too exciting in the avalanche department these days with mostly stable snow. Yesterday, I and others found some very isolated, small, soft, wind slabs along the upper elevation ridges from the moderately strong northwest winds these past few days, but otherwise, there was not much to get excited about. Temperatures will likely stay cool enough today to prevent most wet sluffs on steep, south facing slopes but with warming temperatures on Friday we will likely see some localized wet sluffing from sun.
Bottom Line for the
The avalanche danger is generally LOW. There are isolated pockets of MODERATE danger on steep, upper elevation, wind exposed slopes, which have recent deposits of wind drifted snow, as well as the possibility of some isolated, wet sluffs on steep southerly facing slopes.
We will have mostly
sunny skies today with scattered, convective clouds around the mountains from
daytime heating. Temperatures will be
cold once again with ridge top temperatures warming up from near zero to 10-15
degrees and 8,000’ temperatures warming up to near freezing in the heat of the sun. Ridge top winds will blow around 15 mph from
We should have mostly clear skies tonight and Friday with warming temperatures on Friday and Saturday morning—getting up into the mid 20’s along the ridge tops and up to 40 at 8,000’ with sun warming.
The extended forecast calls for a weak cold front Saturday night and another chance for a weak system on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in Days, Silver and American Fork. Today, they will fly with 2 ships and depending on conditions, they may in the same areas plus Mineral,
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