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Forecast for the Ogden Area Mountains

Trent Meisenheimer
Issued by Trent Meisenheimer on
Saturday morning, March 23, 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 a strong storm heading our way, be sure to re-evaluate your plans based on the weather today. Heavy snowfall for a short period can instantly spike the avalanche danger.
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Weather and Snow
Under partly cloudy skies, the mountain temperatures range from 30-40 °F. The wind has picked up from the southwest and is spinning ridgetop anemometers at 15-25 mph with gusts into the 30s.
Today we will see partly to mostly cloudy skies with temperatures rising into the 40s °F. The wind will remain from the southwest and blow 15-25 mph or stronger ahead of a storm slated for later today. Clouds will increase in the afternoon, and the chances of snow showers and thunderstorms will also increase. After 4:00 PM, snow will begin to fill in, and the cold front should cross overhead around 7:00 - 9:00 PM bringing a burst of heavy snowfall. Snowfall will continue overnight, and by Sunday morning, we should see about 7-14" of new snow.
Recent Avalanches
None reported.
Avalanche Problem #1
Normal Caution
Our general Normal Caution wording reads as follows: This is not a specific avalanche problem. It is used by UAC forecasters most often when avalanche conditions are generally safe and there is no predominant avalanche problem. Any avalanche type is possible but the most common would be wind slab, loose wet, and loose dry avalanches and they would be expected to be small. Do not approach a Normal Caution avalanche problem as an “anything goes” situation. Continue to keep your guard up and look for any signs of snow instability. Evaluate snow and weather conditions as you travel.
  • It's spring, and avalanche conditions can change rapidly.
  • Intense heavy snowfall can cause the new snow to instantly become unstable.
  • Remember to re-evaluate your plans based on the incoming weather.
Glide avalanches are possible in the usual terrain of Stairs, Broads, and Mill B South in BCC and upper Porter Fork in Millcreek Canyon.
Additional Information
On Thursday, Drew Hardesty found a thin grey line of buried surface hoar roughly 2" deep on his field day. Another backcountry skier also found this layer in Upper Whitepine Canyon LCC yesterday. Keep an eye out for this and if you find it today, please submit an observation so we can see how widespread this layer is.
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.