Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Monday, March 10, 2008  7:30 am
Good morning, this is Drew Hardesty with the Forest Service Utah Avalanche Center with your backcountry avalanche and mountain weather advisory.  Today is Monday, March 10, 2008 and it’s about 7:30 am. 


Current Conditions:

Other than a few high cumulus drifting amongst the mountains, skies are mostly clear.  Winds are less than 15mph out of the northwest, and will remain generally light through the day.  Temperatures reached into the low 30’s and upper 30’s at 11,000’ and 9000’ respectively yesterday, and have of course have plummeted into the teens overnight.  The off aspects offer breakable to supportable sun crusts while the sheltered northerlies still ride well on the soft settled powder and surface hoar. 


Snow and Avalanche Discussion:

It’s hard to call it LOW danger when Bill Nalli’s out in the mountains.  I’m only teasing, but if there’s anything out there to trigger, he’ll find it and trigger it - intentionally.  His party triggered a small 4” wind slab on a steep rollover in Broad’s Fork, and then, later, while wandering close to a yawning glide crack, collapsed the slope, with the upper piece of snow cracking out 100’ on either direction.  He’s an avalanche professional and a student of the snow, and we always get right-on thoughts and theories and observations from him.  In my opinion, we have an avalanche community, to include backcountry observers, UDOT, the ski patrols, and heli guides that is second to none. 


Both cold and wet sluffing will be the game today.  Some of the steeper sheltered slopes will likely sluff in the weakening surface snow and will be manageable with a mindful ski/slope cut in exposed terrain.  On the other side of the compass – it will again be the timing of things.  Avoid the steep sun-exposed slopes during the afternoon.  Natural and easy-to-initiate wet sluffs from the Saturday ‘storm’ snow are likely once saturated by the sun. 


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

The avalanche danger is generally LOW, rising to MODERATE on any steep sun exposed slope.  Work your aspects if hunting for corn snow, starting on the east, then the south, then the west.  Change aspects or slope angles if the snow surface is becoming unglued.


Mountain Weather:

We’ll have mostly sunny skies today with light west to northwest winds and rapidly warming temperatures.  8000’ and 10,000’ temperatures will rise to the low 40’s and low thirties.  A clipper to the north will cool things off a little tomorrow and we’ll see more clouds than snow.  By Wednesday, a series of increasingly moist and cold storms affects the area, persisting into early next week.  We could see a fair amount of snow adding up with these systems.



Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in American Fork and Cascade and will return there again for 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.

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