Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Sunday, March 09, 20087:30 am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.Today is Sunday, March 09, 2008 and itís about 7:30 am.


Current Conditions:

Skies are now partly cloudy in the wake of a dribbler yesterday that lay down 2-5Ē across the range.Temperatures are in the teens up high and the low twenties down low.Winds are from the north and less than 15mph at all locations.Riding conditions are still quite good on true northerly aspects, dust on crust on the steep southerlies, and dust on trap-door crust on the off and lower angled slopes.Itíll be a good couple of days for getting in a super-tour and seeing lots of terrain.Enjoy the day.


Snow and Avalanche Discussion:

Ski areas found a few very shallow soft slabs up high, but sluffing was the only game in town for backcountry skiers and riders.The new snow sluffed a little on the weakening surface snow from Thursday and Friday and we heard about a couple that gouged where dampened at the lower elevations in Ogden.Manageable issues, all, and these were neither widespread nor alarming.


The sun and cloud cover will determine the extent of the wet sluffing today.If your sunny slopes are getting the full brunt of the sun, watch for spontaneous and easy-to-initiate point releases in whatever fell during the day yesterday.Itíll likely be more of an issue tomorrow with rapidly warming temperatures, light winds, and crystalline skies.


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

The avalanche danger is generally LOW today, potentially rising to MODERATE on any steep completely sun exposed slope.If thatís the case, donít take for granted the steep sunny exits on the south facing terrain at the end of the day.


Mountain Weather:

Something of a high pressure ridge is nosing its way into Utah in the wake of the Low Pressure trough exiting off to the east.Winds will be light and northerly with 8000í and 10,000í temps rising to the low 30ís and low 20ís respectively.The weather models are jockeying over the weather for a mid-week system, and Iím inclined to believe that the storm will graze us to the north.Looks much more consolidated for Thursday night into Friday and again early next week.


Wasatch Powderbird Guides didnít get out yesterday.Today they will have a ship in American Fork and Cascade, and potentially fly in Lambs and the Bountiful Sessions.For more detailed information please call (801) 742-2800 or go to their daily blog.

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