Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Evelyn Lees


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The avalanche danger today is LOW, with a few small sluffs possible on the steeper slopes. Also, avoid any slips on the hard, slick crusts, which could result in a damaging slide into rocks.


Under clear skies, temperatures are in the mid teens to low 20’s this morning. Yesterday’s blustery, southwesterly winds decreased into the 10 to 20 mph range, though a few of the more exposed stations are still gusting in the 30’s and 40’s.

Just keep waxing your rock skis and boards – turning and riding continues to be limited to the shallow, tracked sun and wind damaged snowpack on the upper elevation, northerly facing slopes. Tours involve the crafty avoidance of rocks, carefully engineered exits, and possibly hiking short distances.


No avalanche activity was reported from yesterday, though it was possible to get small sluffs of surface snow moving on very steep slopes.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Strong, gusty winds up high yesterday did little more than rearrange the surface facets and scour a few more slopes down to old slick crusts. Today’s main avalanche concern is triggering shallow sluffs of facets and avoiding slips on the hard crusts. the addition of a few inches of very cold, low density snow won’t do much to change the avalanche conditions, except to slightly increase the depth of the sluffs. I expect increasingly dangerous avalanche conditions later this week if the weather forecast verifies, and we overload the fragile existing snow pack with even moderate snow amounts.


A cold front dropping straight out of the north has just crossed the Idaho border, and should reach the Salt Lake mountains by midday. Cold temperatures will limit snow amounts and keep the densities very low, so total accumulations of only 2-6” are expected by Sunday morning, with densities around 5%. This morning’s teens and 20’s will be the highs of the day, and temperatures will then plunge into the single digits to below zero tonight. The current southwesterly winds will shift to the northwest by this afternoon and remain light, in the 5 to 15 mph range, with only the highest peaks gusting into the 40’s. The next snow event, Sunday night through Tuesday, will favor the central and southern Utah mountains with the heavy snowfall, though the northern Utah mountains could eventually accumulate significant amounts.


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Brett Kobernik will update this forecast Sunday morning. And thanks for calling.

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