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April 23, 2008 11:30 am
Good morning, this is
We are only doing intermittent updates until about the end of April.
Our poor, abused snow
surface is looking like an old, chimney sweep’s face at the end of the day. The big wind storm on Saturday stirred up the
dust from the west desert and the Millford fire and
airbrushed a brown layer over all the mountains in northern
Snow and Avalanche Discussion:
There has been no
reported avalanches recently either at the resorts or
in the backcountry but it depends on who you believe. One very experienced and skilled backcountry
The main concern for the next couple days will be the snow from a weak storm tonight and into Thursday. I’m only expecting 3-4 inches, which should not be much of a problem, but you will have the usual concerns with new snow, wind drifting in wind exposed areas. Be sure to jump on test slopes and check how well the new snow is bonded and avoid steep slopes with recent wind drifts. It should be easy to tell the difference between wind eroded slopes and wind deposited slopes. Wind eroded snow will be brown and everything else will be white.
Second, when the new snow warms up, we will have the usual wet sluffs from the strong spring time sun.
The storm should arrive around
dinnertime and give us 3-4 inches of new snow in the mountains by mid day on
Thursday. Ridge top winds will blow 15-20
from the southwest and switch to the west and northwest overnight and into
Thursday. Ridge top temperatures should
drop from 40 degrees today to a high in the mid 20’s on Thursday. Then, we may get a few clouds on Friday
night, but the next several days look clear and sunny.
You can easily monitor the weather yourself by using the following links:
Alta Forecast Graph from the National Weather Service (I love this product).
48-hour weather charts of past temperature and wind (a product produced by our own
Cottonwood Canyons Forecast from the National Weather Service.
UDOT highway avalanche control work info can be found by calling (801) 975-4838.
Our statewide tollfree line is 1-888-999-4019 (early morning, option 8).
Watch video tututorials and fieldwork from UAC staff at our YouTube channel.
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If you see any avalanches or interesting snow conditions, please leave us a message at (801) 524-5304 or 1-800-662-4140, or email us at [email protected]. (Fax 801-524-6301).
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.
We’ll do intermittent updates as conditions warrant through April.