Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Thursday, March 06, 2008  7:30 am
Good morning, this is Bruce Tremper with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Thursday, March 06, 2008 and it’s about 7:30 am. 


Current Conditions:

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 Salt Lake, Park City, Ogden, and Provo mountains:

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.


Mountain Weather:

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 the northwest.

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.


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, Cardiff, Grizzly, White Pine, and Mill Creek.  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.

Brett Kobernik will update this advisory by 7:30 on Friday morning.