Forecast for the Logan Area Mountains

Trent Meisenheimer
Issued by Trent Meisenheimer on
Friday morning, October 27, 2023
Welcome to the start of the 2023-2024 winter season.
For now, thanks for checking the forecast, and stay tuned. We’ll issue updates as conditions warrant, with regular forecasts and danger ratings often starting in early December.
PLEASE REMEMBER - Any time snow on the ground, it’s exciting, and it’s avalanche season. Enough snow to ski or ride means there’s enough snow to slide. Of note was a “day of madness” on November 13, 2011. Read more here and listen to the podcast so we don’t repeat our history.
Learn how to read the forecast here
Special Announcements
Sign up for the 16th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) IN PERSON, November 4th at the Dejoria Center in Kamas, UT. Sign up and get more info HERE.
The Professional Snow and Avalanche Workshop (PROSAW) will be November 6th at the Dejoria Center in Kamas, UT. Sign up and get more info HERE.
Weather and Snow
A quick-hitting storm rolled through Northern Utah early on October 26. This storm lasted roughly 12 hours, bringing 4-8 inches (0.40 - 1.28 water) of new snow to many areas. This storm favored the Ogden and Logan area as they picked up the lion’s share of water, with Ogden ringing in 1.28 inches of water. Provo was on the low end with only 2-4 inches of snow (0.40 water). The Western Uintas split the difference with roughly 0.60” water. Temperatures plummeted with this storm, with current mountain temperatures hovering in the low teens °F. Say goodbye to warm and sunny and welcome the cold and sunny.
The weather outlook for the next seven days is bleak. Clear and cold. The facet factory (temperature gradient metamorphism) will kick in this week, and this October 26 storm snow could be our first weak layer of the season. Hold the phone! It’s too early to worry about that just yet. However, as you get out and about, keep track of where the snow melts and where the snow sticks around. Areas where the snow doesn’t melt from the sun will be likely suspect areas for future avalanches.
It’s hardly worth getting your boards or sled out just yet. Hiking boots will do. Snow depth across the Wasatch is generally less than 12 inches deep. Hitting rocks and everything else the ground offers will be the main hazard for now.
Photo: Looking across the street at the south-facing terrain above the town of Alta.
Additional Information
It’s never too early to start thinking about avalanches. Here are a few things to consider doing:
  1. Attend USAW and learn more about avalanches and decision-making.
  2. Sign up for an avalanche class.
  3. Take a free online avalanche course the UAC built for Know Before You Go or other courses listed on the KBYG website (Develop skills -> Online Learning).
  4. Get your avalanche rescue gear ready for winter. Put fresh batteries in your transceiver and update the firmware. Inspect your shovel and probe. Get your airbag backpack ready by possibly doing a test deployment and updating the firmware if it is an electric version.