Wasatch Cache National Forest
In partnership with: Utah Division of State Parks and Recreation, The Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, Utah Department of Emergency Services and Homeland Security and Salt Lake County.

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Thursday, April 03, 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 Thursday, April 03, 2008 and it’s about 7:30 am. 


Current Conditions:

The weak storm that put down a few inches on Wednesday throughout the range has  exited our area and skies are mostly clear.  Temperatures dropped into the upper teens and low 20s overnight with west northwest winds averaging 5 to 15 mph along the mid elevation ridges and gusting into the 40s at the most exposed peaks.


Snow and Avalanche Discussion:

It looks like our cold temperatures have passed.  Not that it’s really warm but just not the “January like” temperatures of a few days ago.  The newest snow became damp on Wednesday even on north aspects fairly high in elevation producing rollerballs and pinwheeling.  Natural activity was in the form of wet loose snow avalanches some piling up fairly good sized debris piles.  Many people were able to initiate wet slides as well.  There were a number of reports of small soft slabs that skiers released also.


For today we’ll be looking at wet activity as our main concern.  While a number of slopes became damp yesterday and will have refroze overnight making them less susceptible to warming, clearing with direct sun today may override this producing more widespread wet activity.  An early start and early end is the safest bet for mountain travel today.  Avoid gullies and terrain traps where wet activity may ooze into piling up quite deep.


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

Most areas have a LOW avalanche danger this morning.  A close eye must be kept on wet activity as the danger is expected to rise to MODERATE or even CONSIDERABLE as the day goes on.  Stay out of gully bottoms and confined chutes where any avalanche that releases from above will funnel into.  Pay attention to any snow movement such as snow falling off trees, rollerballs and small sluffs all indicating the snow is heating up.  Exit the mountains early to avoid the wet activity issue.


Mountain Weather:

Temperatures should warm into the mid 30s at 8000 feet and around 30 along the upper ridges.  Northwest winds should average 5 to 15 mph gusting into the 30s along the more exposed locations.  Temperatures again drop back into the upper teens and low 20s tonight with another mild day in store for Friday with warmer temperatures.  There’s a chance for snow on Saturday with mild high pressure moving in Sunday.


Our partners, the Friends of the Utah Avalanche Center, with the Canyons Professional Ski Patrol Association, will be hosting a joint fundraising event Sunday, April 6th, at Harry O's in Park City, 427 Main Street, for the UAC and Canyons Professional Ski Patrol Association.  There will be a raffle with gift certificates from Backcountry.com and an awesome silent auction.  The house will be rocking with Space Patrol opening for Junior and Transportation. We hope to see you there!

The Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not get our on Wednesday and will try for Mineral, Cardiff, Days, Silver with home runs through White Pine and Grizzly 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 Friday morning.