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Forecast for the Ogden Area Mountains

Drew Hardesty
Issued by Drew Hardesty on
Friday morning, March 22, 2024
The avalanche danger is LOW and the snow is generally stable. Remember that Low danger does not mean No danger. Even small avalanches can lead to trouble in extreme terrain.
With daytime warming and/or greenhousing, the snow today may become wet, unsupportable, and unstable. Any wet avalanche may gouge more deeply into unconsolidated wet grains, leading to a much larger avalanche. You'll need to pay attention to the snow under your feet today.
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Weather and Snow
Skies are clear.
Most mountain temperatures are in the low 30s. Winds are from the west-northwest, blowing 10-15mph. Along the highest ridgelines, wind speeds are 15-20mph with gusts to 30.
Today and tomorrow are transition days with the weather. A strong cold front is expected Saturday afternoon, ushering in a good round of snowfall through Saturday night. For today, we'll see increasing high and mid-level clouds and increasing winds backing to the southwest. Temperatures will be in the upper 30s up high, the upper 40s down low.
Skiing and riding conditions are rough and rugged and reserved for only the most penitent. Patches of corn skiing can be found on some solar aspects.
The Outlook: Saturday's initial rain/snow line may be as high as 8000' before dropping to the benches overnight. Totals look to be roughly 6-12" by midday Sunday. We should see additional snowfall through early week with a well defined storm on Thursday.
Recent Avalanches
No reports of new avalanches yesterday from the backcountry, but wet avalanches have run on a variety of aspects (mostly east-south-west facing) and elevations over the week.
Avalanche Problem #1
Wet Snow
* A few weather stations in the mid-elevations haven't had a decent refreeze since Sunday night. Wet avalanches may be possible with warming today. If the snow becomes unsupportable and unstable, seek low angle terrain. Any new wet avalanches may gouge more deeply into poorly consolidated wet grains, creating a deeper debris pile. You must pay attention to the snow under your feet today and not overstay your welcome on wet and unsupportable snow.
Cornices become tender and unstable during periods of sun and heating. Give them a wide berth.
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.