Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Tuesday, March 11, 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 Tuesday, March 11, 2008 and its about 7:30 am.


Current Conditions:

It was another nice day in the mountains on Monday with mild temperatures and light winds. The snow surface has a sun crust on southerly facing slopes and creamy but limp settled powder on the more northerly aspects. Temperatures overnight ranged in the upper teens to mid 20s and northwest winds increased slightly yet only gusting to around 30 along the most exposed peaks.


Snow and Avalanche Discussion:

Faceting of the snow surface is occurring on the upper elevation northerly facing slopes. This snow surface is loose enough to produce decent sized sluffs as one of our more colorful backcountry observers who lives at the bottom of Cardiff Fork found out after initiating a sluff that took him out once he was farther down the slope.


Burial is not a huge concern today but dont get lazy and let your guard down. Keep a few things in mind. Snow becoming overly wet is always a concern as we approach spring. Southerly facing slopes and lower elevations are places to watch for this. Northerly slopes have enough loose snow on the surface to produce sluffing with slope angles approaching 40 degrees. If you start a sluff keep in mind it may be following you downhill and may swat the unaware. You may still find a small wind pocket to pop out along the more exposed ridges as well.


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

The avalanche danger is generally LOW. Watch for sluffing on steep northerly slopes and wet snow on southerly aspects as well as at lower elevations.


Mountain Weather:

Well see increasing clouds throughout the day. Temperatures will reach near 40 at 8000 feet and into the 30s along the higher ridges. Westerly winds will bump up a bit as the day goes on averaging 5 to 15 gusting into the 30s. A very mild disturbance may produce a snow flurry late today with not much accumulation expected. A stronger moist westerly flow will start to affect us Thursday into the weekend which may give us a refresher.


Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in American Fork and Cascade and be in Mineral, Cardiff, Days, Silver, Millcreek and Cascade 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 Wednesday morning.