Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Salt Lake Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Wednesday - November 13, 2013 - 5:41pm
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In the limited areas where you can ski and snowboard, the avalanche danger is not very pronounced. Increasing winds may bump the danger slightly over the next two days but a larger storm over the weekend is what will most likely have the biggest impact on the avalanche danger. Expect increasing avalanche danger.

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Next forecast updates will be Friday-Nov 15, Saturday-Nov 16, and Sunday-Nov 17.

current conditions

Mild temperatures over the last few days continue to melt snow at lower elevations and sunny slopes. Despite the mild temperatures, the current snowpack on the more northerly slopes has weakened and could potentially act as a weak layer once it is buried. The UAC forecasting staff will be actively monitoring the state of the current snowpack so we can anticipate what kind of avalanche danger we can expect during the next snow storm.


Current weather model runs show a fairly large trough (storm system) that will start to impact our area Friday with an initial weak wave followed by a bigger punch Saturday and into Sunday which could produce a significant amount of snow.

We'll have somewhat breezy northwest winds Thursday with only a slight cooling trend. Winds should back off then switch more southwest and increase ahead of Friday's small system which could add a couple of inches of snow. The bigger portion of the system will bring colder weather and a much better chance for significant snow amounts in a northwest flow on Saturday and continue into Sunday.

general announcements

If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry - especially if you are adjacent to a ski area – please call the following teams to alert them to the slide and whether anyone is missing or not. Rescue teams can be exposed to significant hazard when responding to avalanches, and do not want to do so when unneeded. Thanks.

Salt Lake and Park City – Alta Central (801-742-2033), Canyons Resort Dispatch (435-615-3322)

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