Logan Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Toby Weed


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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There is a MODERATE (2) danger and avalanches are possible in the backcountry around Logan today. Heightened avalanche conditions persist in steep shady mid elevation terrain, where a very persistent buried weak layer is still a threat, and triggered avalanches are possible on slopes approaching or steeper than about 35 degrees... Cooler temperatures will moderate the danger of wet avalanches today, but avalanches may will still be possible on very steep lower and mid elevation slopes with saturated snow, especially in sunny sheltered areas.

Use safe travel protocols and evaluate the snow and terrain carefully...


The Tony Grove Snotel reports about 1 inch of new snow from yesterday evening, with 1/10ths of an inch of water accumulation in the last 24 hrs. There's 68 inches of total snow containing 66% of average water for the date. It's a cool 7 degrees and there's a moderate north-northwest wind up at the 9700' CSI weather station on Logan Peak..

Warm temperatures in the last week have done a number on lower elevation snow cover, burning out sunny slopes and melting out patches of snow around rocks and creek beds... With such a low snow year we have to be really careful not to ride over melted-out patches of fragile ground. In short, we need to make an effort not to cause resource damage by ripping up the landscape. Also, backcountry observers have reported numerous cases recently where snowmobile tracks cross into areas that are closed to motor vehicles, and even some in Wilderness Areas ... We need to know and respect closures in the region. Not only might you get fined, but the acts of a few riders may force some areas to get shut down early, and we may even risk forever loosing more acres to riding.....


It's been several days without any significant new avalanches reported or observed in the Logan Area...

Here's an updated local backcountry avalanche list:


      Over the next 24 hours.

The February 10th surface hoar layer is still reactive in some areas. While many areas in the area are mostly stable, some ain't. We found energetic, clean, and fully propagating failures under a 18" one-finger-hard slab in north facing mid-elevation terrain in the Wellsville Mountain Wilderness on Monday. Also we've still been triggering and continue to receive reports of audible collapses in shady or drifted terrain... The danger of persistent slab avalanches is higher in un-disturbed or untracked terrain, like in the Mount Naomi and Wellsville Mountain Wildernesses, or in other areas that haven't seen much traffic in recent weeks. Avalanches in some cases might step down to deeply buried weak layers creating large and dangerous avalanches.

In some areas you still might might trigger a dangerous avalanche from a distance or from below.


      Over the next 32 hours.

Thankfully overnight temperatures dropped well below freezing, and we're hoping for cooler overall air temperatures today and tomorrow... This will likely keep a lid on wet activity, but on some very steep lower elevation slopes and in sunny, solar oven-like terrain, wet avalanches may be possible. The danger of wet avalanches in the region will surely rise and become more widespread again with rising temperatures on Friday...


Expect an intensifying west wind today in the mountains and much cooler temperatures. Some flurries and clouds are likely without much accumulation. We could pick up an inch or two overnight and winds will continue. Snow showers are again possible tomorrow, with diminishing winds and warming temperatures. Looks like fair weather on Friday and a return to much warmer temperatures.....


I will be issuing morning avalanche advisories for the Logan area on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

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I will update this forecast Friday morning. Thanks for checking in....

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