Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger is generally LOW.


Saturday's weather disturbance didn't really disturb us like we may have wanted. It didn't do much more then cool temperatures a bit and add a few clouds. This morning temperatures are in the upper teens to low 20s and winds are 5 to 15 mph from an easterly direction gusting into the 30s along the highest peaks.


With no new avalanche activity or interesting backcountry observations we'll continue, by popular demand, with last weeks theme of data sets and creep rates. A handful of people corresponded with me to let me know they actually were on the edge of their seats watching facets grow this past week. Integers and algebraic formulas have been hot conversation. It's been suggested that we have a "creep rate race" that we can wager on as a fundraiser.

Seriously though, it's good that you folks are paying attention. The most savvy backcountry users keep close tabs on the snowpack structure through dry periods. Here are a couple of links to sum up our situation.

Weather and Snow Summary: Early October

Weather and Snow Summary: Late Oct to Late Nov


      Over the next 24 hours.

Winds from Friday blew snow around and formed scattered drifts. These would crack but most didn't move downhill. They become more stubborn as time goes on. They won't pose a great threat today but it's good to keep them in mind. Otherwise, excercise normal caution in the backcountry.


A closed low pressure system is moving off to our south and will move east as high pressure builds in to our area for a good portion of the week. Today we'll see mostly clear skies with ridgetop highs in the mid to upper 20s. Easterly winds will continue to be a little blustery and may increase in speed a bit, then taper off tonight. The next chance for a storm looks like a week out.


Envision Utah is looking for input on the “Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow” update of the County's 1989 Plan, in partnership with Salt Lake City, the State of Utah and the US Forest Service. There is an online survey “Wasatch Canyons Tomorrow” at .

We will issue our next forecast Sunday morning.

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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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