Salt Lake Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik

BOTTOM LINE

Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger is mostly MODERATE with pockets of a CONSIDERABLE remaining on mid and upper elevation northwest through east facing slopes steeper then around 35 degrees that have not yet avalanched. If you are unable to recognize whether a slope has slid or are unable to recognize weak facets under a slab you are advised against getting into this terrain.


CURRENT CONDITIONS

We have partly cloudy skies with ridgetop temperatures in the 10 to 15 degree range and in the single digits in the drainage bottoms. Winds are light from the southwest.


RECENT ACTIVITY

No new avalanche activity was reported from the backcountry on Saturday. In areas with no sun or wind effect, near surface faceting is taking its toll in the form of the surface snow becoming weak sugary grains. With many areas only having very minimal snow cover, it does not take much of a temperature gradient to penetrate through the entire pack making the whole thing become weak. Thin snow cover and lack of consistant snow storms leads to a very weak overall snowpack which is just our current situation.


THREAT #1

WHERE PROBABILITY SIZE TREND
      Over the next 24 hours.

Scattered areas with a slab that may still fail under the weight of a person and break into old snow remain the primary concern for today. This is mainly in the mid and upper elevation northwest through east facing slopes that did not avalanche over the last few weeks.


MOUNTAIN WEATHER

We'll have partly cloudy skies with ridgetop temperatures in the mid teens to around 20. West southwest winds will be light. We'll see cloudy skies over the next couple of days with temperatures in the low teens to low 20s and light winds. The next best chance for any snow accumulation looks like a weak storm mid week.


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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.

Drew Hardesty will update this forecast on Monday morning. Thanks for calling.


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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