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Forecast for the Logan Area Mountains

Paige Pagnucco
Issued by Paige Pagnucco for
Thursday, January 19, 2023
There is MODERATE danger in upper elevation terrain as human-triggered avalanches of wind-drifted snow are possible.
The snowpack is generally stable at mid and lower elevations and the avalanche danger is LOW.

Keep an eye on your partners, travel one at a time in avalanche terrain, and have a plan if an avalanche were to happen.
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Weather and Snow
Wow! What winter we've had so far. It's nice to see our mountains painted white! In general, conditions are excellent across the zone with great coverage. No big storms on the horizon but we'll pick up a few inches today and then a few more on Sunday.
Tony Grove has about 86" of snow on the stake (147% of normal) and the CSI Logan Peak weather station is showing southwest winds blowing about 20 mph, with overnight gusts in the mid 30's.
Today, snow is likely this afternoon and temperatures will be about 22 degrees F with wind chills in the single digits.
As we roll into the weekend, we'll have decreasing clouds and partly sunny skies with overnight lows in the single digits and highs during the day about 24 degrees F on Friday and 18 degrees F on Saturday. Light winds will be southerly today then switch to the north northwest overnight.
Recent Avalanches
No new avalanche activity was reported yesterday. Find a list of all observations & avalanches HERE.
Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
In our travels yesterday, we found mostly stable snow but there were areas where the wind had had its way. Avoid areas of freshly wind-drifted snow on steep slopes. There is still lots of light snow to move around and even a small wind slab can have large consequences.
Avalanche Problem #2
Normal Caution
In general in the Logan zone, the snowpack is stable. Keep in mind though that, if you are in avalanche terrain, avalanches are always possible. It is safest to travel with a partner, only expose one person at a time in steep terrain, and have a plan for what to do in case an avalanche occurs.
  • Today, you'll find nice powder conditions in most areas except for maybe south facing slopes which caught a bit of sun yesterday.
  • We saw a few very small, loose dry avalanches yesterday. These types of avalanches will still be possible to trigger today though they should be small and shallow.
  • We have dropped the persistent weak layer problem for now as the snowpack has gotten too deep in most places to trigger this type of avalanche. If you are in an area with shallower snow, it would be a good idea to dig down into the snow - if you can get to the facets fairly quickly, I'd avoid steep slopes in that area.
General Announcements
  • Remember, when you leave the ski area boundary, Beaver Mt or Cherry Peak, you are entering the backcountry, and you could trigger dangerous avalanches.
  • Please submit your observations from the backcountry HERE.
  • For a list of avalanche classes from the Utah Avalanche Center go HERE
  • For information on where you can ride your sled or snowbike, check out this map of the winter travel plan for the Logan and Ogden Ranger Districts HERE, and a close up of the Tony Grove and Franklin Basin Areas HERE.
This forecast is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This forecast describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.