Observation: Ogden Mountains

Observation Date
02/3/2017
Observer Name
brian smith

Region:

Location Name or Route
Bridge canyon to 7700ft.
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Wind Direction
West
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
Soggy, damp and foggy below 6500ft. Windy on the exposed ridges.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Dense Loose
Wind Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments

Damp, heavy snow below 6500t. Wind crust on the ridges and some nice creamy 'dry' powder in the 7000ft. range.

Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Rapid Warming
Red Flags Comments
Heavy wind loading from the west. Damp roller balls and wet sluffs below 6500ft. I am sure the wet activity is going to increase with the forecasted rain.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wind Slab
Trend
Increasing Danger
Problem #1 Comments

Heavy wind loading on the ridges, natural cornice breaks.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #2 Comments

I was able to find the ice/facet layer down at 49 inches on a north protected slopes at 7000ft. It was very stubborn to move though. No activity after 20 wacks. Probably due to the heavy warm snow above. 

Comments

Wet sluffs down low. 

Photos of

1. wind slab and cornices. 

2. wet sluffs

‚Äč3. turns on 'dry' snow

Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Moderate
Snow Profile Coordinates