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March 23, 2008 7:30 am
Good morning, this is
Should be a carbon copy of yesterday with more crystalline skies, light west to northwest winds and warm spring-like temperatures. Temps dipped to the mid to low teens overnight, ensuring a good, solid refreeze of what’s shaping up to be a good corn cycle. The sheltered due norths still hold excellent soft settled powder with alternating areas of scoured coral and pockets of shallow wind slab in the more exposed terrain. It’ll be another day to break some ground into uncharted territory.
Snow and Avalanche Discussion:
Wet and dry sluffs
comprised some of the news from the backcountry yesterday with a few notable
exceptions and close calls. A groaning-from-the-heat
surprised a backcountry party in the
Overall, conditions in the Wasatch are pretty benign. If you’re looking to tour in the Uintas or the Logan area mountains, check out their recent significant avalanche activity here. It’s a different ballgame in these outlying areas.
Bottom Line for the
The avalanche danger
is generally LOW this morning. There are a few areas in the upper elevations
that have minor pockets with a MODERATE avalanche
danger where you may still initiate sluffing and small soft slabs in the high
northerly terrain. The avalanche danger
will again rise to MODERATE on the southerly
aspects as well as north at lower elevations with daytime heating. If you’re too late in the day, watch for easy
to initiate wet
sluffs running on every turn or cut across a slope.
Warming temps will
push daytime highs to the low 40’s at 8000’ and low 30’s at 10,000’. Winds will be generally light from the west
to northwest. Starting tomorrow, a series
of disturbances to the north will flatten the ridge putting us into a more
zonal, westerly weather pattern. The
The Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew in
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