Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Salt Lake Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Thursday - April 5, 2018 - 5:28am
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Avalanche conditions are generally safe and the danger is LOW. With minimal warming and light winds, the situation won't change much today; however, a disturbance tonight and another storm on Saturday should bring snow above 9000 feet.

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current conditions

Mountain temperatures this morning above 8000 feet are in the mid to upper 20's F with westerly winds averging 10 mph gusting to 15 mph. The snowpack is mostly hard and frozen with a few inches of softer snow on top.

recent activity

No avalanche activity was reported yesterday.

Heads up if you're considering skiing Timpanogos or other peaks further south this spring. The Provo area mountains have a very different and more dangerous snowpack. It's worth reviewing an avalanche cycle that occurred last week in that area. With more precipitation coming this weekend, we'll be watching the snowpack in that area to see how it responds and if more avalanches occur.

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 12 hours

The snowpack is mostly stable but it is also hard and frozen. A few inches of snow plus strong winds Monday night created isolated wind drifts and wind slabs. These are mostly very small as seen in the photo below from Mt Tuscarora on Tuesday.

Watch out for "slide for life" conditions in steep terrain where the hard icy snow means you may not be able to stop if you fall. Cloud cover today should limit warming and softening of the snowpack.


Today will be similar to yesterday with mostly cloudy skies that will limit much warming. High temperatures at 9000 feet should reach the mid 30's F or slightly warmer. Winds will remain light averging about 10 mph. Moisture will arrive tonight with a disturbance that will bring and inch or two of snow above 9000 feet and rain below that elevation. Cloudy skies will remain over the area Friday. A warm storm will arrive on Saturday. The rain/snow line will again be around 9000 feet and winds should increase. Above that elevation 3-6 inches of snow should fall. Sunday will have cooler temperatures and lingering snow showers.

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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.