Forecast for the Logan Area Mountains

Toby Weed
Issued by Toby Weed for
Tuesday, January 24, 2023
There is MODERATE avalanche danger in drifted upper elevation terrain in the backcountry. People could trigger shallow slab avalanches of wind drifted snow, and small wet loose avalanches are possible in the heat of the day in sunny terrain. Otherwise, the snow is generally stable and the danger LOW at mid and lower elevations.
  • People should use normal caution and evaluate snow and terrain carefully if they venture into drifted terrain.
  • Always keep an eye on your partners, travel one at a time in and below terrain steeper than 30°, and have a plan if an avalanche were to happen.
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Weather and Snow
Wind and sun have done some damage, but nice powder riding conditions can still be found in many places.
This morning the Tony Grove Snotel at 8400' reports 17° F and 82"of total snow. The CSI Logan Peak weather station at 9700' is showing winds blowing from the northwest 25 to 30 mph.
Today will be cold and partly sunny, with high temperatures at 8500' about 15° F and 10 to 15 mph winds blowing from the northwest, driving wind chill values down to around -6° F.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with a good chance of snow, but less than an inch of accumulation possible. Expect steady temperatures around 10° F, 10 to 15 mph west-northwest winds, and wind chill values around -7° F.
Tomorrow will be party sunny and cold, with a chance of snow in the afternoon. high temperatures around 16° F and winds blowing from the west-northwest creating wind chills around -5° F. Cold and unsettled weather is expected to last through the week, with a few inches of snow expected Friday and Saturday.
Recent Avalanches
Yesterday's sun was warm enough, especially in sheltered terrain to moisten the snow surface. Some loose wet avalanches occurred in the middle of the day in Wood Camp on Monday...HERE
Find a list of all observations & avalanches HERE.
Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
People might trigger shallow slab avalanches in drifted terrain, which is mostly found at upper elevations, but drifted areas could be found down lower as well.
  • New drifts formed in the past few days, and some of these may have formed on weakening surface snow and could be pretty sensitive.
  • Avoid corniced slopes and stiffer drifts on steep slopes near ridges and in and around terrain features like under cliff bands, sub-ridges, mid-slope break-overs, and gully walls..
  • Even a small wind slab avalanche can have large consequences.
Avalanche Problem #2
Normal Caution
In general in the Logan zone, the snowpack is deep and stable.
  • Despite cold air temperatures, loose wet avalanches entraining moist surface snow are possible on steep sunny slopes at all elevations in the middle of the day.
  • Today the danger is Low on mid and lower elevation slopes, but remember Low danger does not mean No danger. If you are in avalanche terrain, avalanches are always possible.
  • Always 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.
  • There are still areas with poor snow structure, primarily where the snow is shallower, where dangerous deep slab avalanches failing on a persistent weak layer are unlikely, but still a possibility.
Additional Information
Small wet loose avalanches occurred in the middle of the day Monday in sheltered sunny terrain. This is a mid elevation, south-southeast facing slope in Wood Camp.
General Announcements
  • 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.