Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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Most areas in the Wasatch have a generally LOW danger today. However, there is a "pockety" MODERATE danger in areas where the wind is transporting snow into fresh drifts. This is mainly along upper elevation ridges and more pronounced on the lee side.


Winds have picked up slightly over the highest terrain gusting into the 60s from a westerly direction. A slight drop in elevation down to say the 9 to 10,000 foot range and the speeds are quite a bit slower. Temperatures rose a few degrees overnight and are sitting in the mid 20s. Snow showers quickly tapered off Friday morning leaving only around 3 inches total new snow. Some light snow flurries were occuring as of 6am this morning.


Wow, there was actually a little avalanche activity to talk about from Friday but don't get on the edge of your seats just yet. Snow safety workers on Friday reported some small new snow soft slabs were released from slope cuts. Also, a backcountry skier near Mt Ogden reported some minor natural activity in the form of very small and shallow pockets that released as slabs. These were on very steep northerly slopes and had a weakness of a facet/crust combination. (Click HEREfor a snowpit documenting the current snow structure. The weakness at this location was not as pronounced as some other observers have noted)


      Over the next 24 hours.

Fresh drifts of wind blown snow will be the main concern for today. These won't pose much threat for burial but rather the potential for an unpleasant surprise of being knocked over and potentially injured. You'll find these mainly along the upper elevation ridges and more pronounced on the lee sides.


A moist northwesterly flow will provide the chance for scattered light snow flurries today. Ridgetop temperatures will be in the mid 20s and ridgetop winds will be from the northwest in the 10 to 20 mph range gusting into the 30s. The most exposed locations will continue to see gusts in the 50s and 60s. A ridge of high pressure moves east on Sunday and into Monday producing seasonably mild temperatures ahead of a shortwave trof that could produce a little snow on Tuesday.


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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.

This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done.  This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

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