Wasatch Cache National Forest
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Monday, March 24, 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 24, 2008 and it’s about 7:30 am. 


Current Conditions:

With temps moving still higher, today looks to be another excellent sunny spring-like day.  Temps dipped only into the mid- to high-20’s last night, quite a bit warmer than previous nights, so an early start might be a good idea if you are hunting for some good corn.  An overnight inversion will also allow for the softening of the higher elevation solar aspect surface snow earlier in the day.  The west to southwesterlies picked up overnight and are blowing 20-30mph along the higher peaks with gusts into the mid-40’s.  Excellent corn conditions complement the soft recycled powder on the true northerly aspects. 


Snow and Avalanche Discussion:

Yesterday was a relatively quiet day for snowpack news in the backcountry with reports of a few short-running sluffs consisting of recrystallized snow and some wet loose releases off of steeper rocky terrain.  The solid overnight freeze likely helped keep things relatively stable on Sunday on the solar aspects.  Significantly warmer temps overnight, plus warmer daytime temps today may allow for more surface activity on SE to W aspects.  Like most things in life, timing is everything.  If you're starting to see some pinwheels and rollerballs, or are sinking in up past your boot tops, you've probably outstayed your welcome.  Change aspects, drop your slope angle, and set your alarm earlier for tomorrow.  The lower elevation northerly aspects are likely to become wet and unsupportable - you'll need to watch all the lower elevation exits today.


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

A LOW danger this morning will rapidly rise to MODERATE this morning on the steep sun exposed slopes.  Warmer ‘overnight lows’ will narrow your window of opportunity for the corn hunt before becoming overly punchy and saturated, especially in areas out of the wind.    

Mountain Weather:

Warming temps will push daytime highs to the mid- to upper-40’s at 8000’ and mid- to upper-30’s at 10,000’.  Winds will be sustained 20-30 mph from the west-southwest with higher speeds north of I-80.  A storm passing to the north of us tomorrow should only give us some spillover clouds and a slight drop in temps.  Wednesday night’s cold front looks less impressive than yesterday’s model runs, but at least we’ll see a few inches of snow and plummeting temps into the single digits. 


The Wasatch Powderbird Guides flew along the Cascade Ridgeline and in the American Fork.  Today they’ll again be along the Cascade Ridgeline and in the Bountiful Sessions.  They may also be operating in the American Fork.  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.