Forecast for the Ogden Area Mountains

Drew Hardesty
Issued by Drew Hardesty for
Monday, November 7, 2022
The avalanche danger will be on the rise today with the strong winds and extensive drifting of snow. Human triggered avalanches are likely in steep wind loaded terrain, most notably in the upper elevations.
Remember that early season conditions exist: traumatic injury is possible with any avalanche involvement.
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Special Announcements
Many ski areas are now closed to uphill travel in order to prepare for winter operations. Resort uphill travel policies can be found HERE>.
Weather and Snow
There's no rest for the wicked. Another large, churning Pacific storm is on the doorstep and our partners at the SLC National Weather Service have issued a Winter Storm Watch for late tonight through Thursday morning.
Ahead of the storm, mountain temperatures are near 30°F up high and near 40°F at the mid-elevations. Mt Ogden winds are gusting to 60mph while even the mid-elevation anemometers are gusting into the 30s and 40s.
The Ogden mountains were hammered with 1.5-2.0" of precipitation over the weekend that translated into 8-12" of heavy dense snow. The Ogden mountains will again receive a significant amount of precipitation with this storm.
For today, we'll have an intermittent snow shower here and there with mountain temps rising to the mid-30s up high, the mid-40s down low. Winds will be southerly, blowing 30-35mph with gusts to 50, perhaps higher. Snowfall should begin in earnest tomorrow morning with much of the precipitation coming in on a warm, southerly flow. We may see high fluctuating snow levels (7500'-8500') and heavy dense snow until frontal passage on Wednesday afternoon. 12-24"+ is expected through midday Thursday. Strong southerly winds will accompany the snowfall through midday Wednesday.
Additional Information
A Few Things to Remember:
  • Whether you're-hiking, hunting, skiing, boarding, snowshoeing or firing up the snowmachine: be prepared for avalanches
  • Any avalanche can produce serious trauma because of a thin snowpack
  • Hitting rocks and stumps is a real danger. Don't end your season.
  • Treat ski resorts as backcountry terrain and check out the UAC site for resort uphill travel policies

It's never too early to start thinking about avalanches. A few things to consider:
1. Attend USAW and learn more about avalanches and decision making. (scroll down to the bottom of this page for more info and links)
2. Sign up for an avalanche class.
4. Take the all-new online avalanche courses the UAC built for Know Before You Go or take other online courses listed on the KBYG website (Develop skills -> Online Learning).
5. 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 doing a test deployment and update the firmware if it is an electric version.
Sign up for the 15th Annual Utah Snow and Avalanche Workshop (USAW) one night left, November 9th. Sign up and get more info for the second session HERE.
The Avalanche Professional and Ski Patrol Snow and Avalanche Workshop (PROSAW) will be during the day of November 7th. Sign up and get more info HERE. (note - PROSAW will be offered both in-person and virtual).
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.