Forecast for the Ogden Area Mountains

Issued by Drew Hardesty for Tuesday, December 18, 2018 - 6:35am
The avalanche danger is mostly LOW in the Ogden area mountains. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features. As always, avoid being on or beneath large cornices along the ridgeline and take care to avoid any smooth and rounded hard wind slabs in steep terrain.
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Weather and Snow
Skies are partly-becoming-mostly cloudy with temps in the mid-20s. Yesterday's strong southwest winds died overnight and are now light from the west. Not to worry, they'll reignite overnight with another weak storm system moving through. The Ogden mountains picked up a trace yesterday, but that's more than most places. We'll cross our fingers for a touch more snowfall overnight. A trace to two inches is likely. Riding conditions are best described as variable right now. Snow depths are 2-3' in the mid and upper elevations with about a foot at the trailheads.

We'll see a trace to two overnight into tomorrow. Winds will again be the spoiler, with the west-northwesterlies expected to increase to 35-40mph along the ridgelines. Clearing for later Wednesday into Thursday with another weak system on Friday. I know that the holidays are upon us but it's never too late to try to be good. Storms may arrive around Christmas.
Recent Avalanches
Three large natural cornice fall were noted along the Ogden skyline on Sunday and mostly attributed to the incessant winds and infernal heat. As always, be aware of traveling above and beneath these yawning whales littered along the ridgelines. No other recent reports of avalanche activity.
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Normal Caution
Travel through the backcountry exercising normal caution. Cornices, stubborn hard wind slabs, slide for life conditions, shallow snow conditions - these are all potential hazards for the backcountry traveler.
General Announcements
This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done. 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.

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