Logan Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Toby Weed


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Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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Despite shallow early season snow cover, heightened avalanche conditions exist in the backcountry. You could trigger avalanches and there is a level 2 or Moderate danger on drifted upper elevation and wind exposed slopes.. Pockets with a higher level 3 danger remain on steep north facing slopes at upper elevations where very dangerous triggered persistent slab avalanches are still quite possible. The potential consequence of being caught in an early season avalanche is greatly increased by the shallowly buried and exposed rocks you could be raked over... You'll find safer conditions and a level 1 danger in sheltered terrain at lower elevations, on slopes without weak early season base layers. and on lower angled slopes. Evaluate the snow and terrain carefully, especially in drifted upper elevation and rocky terrain....


You can find pretty good powder riding conditions if you stick to upper elevation roadways and smooth meadows. The unconsolidated snowpack above 8000' in elevation ranges from a bit under 3' to around 4 feet deep.. The snow surface on sunny slopes sports a sun-crust, and consistent and at times fairly strong southwest winds damaged the snow quality in exposed terrain

The Tony Grove Snotel at 8400' reports 29 degrees this morning with 30 inches of total snow on the ground.. It's only 20 degrees at the 9700' CSI Logan Peak weather station with a 15 to 20 mph southwest wind this morning.


No new avalanches were reported recently in the Logan Area...


      Over the next 24 hours.

Snowpit tests on Wednesday consistently showed poor snow structure and full propagation failures on north facing slopes above around 8500' in elevation in the Tony Grove Area.... Most suspect upper elevation slopes in the Logan Area remain untracked and untested, and I certainly don't want to try my luck by getting out on them...

Upper elevation shady slopes held several inches of October snow that became hardened by the melt-freeze process... A few inches of light snow fell at the end of October and the beginning of November and cold temperatures subjected this light density layer to an extreme temperature gradient, causing the development of faceted or sugary snow and a persistent weak layer... Avalanches failing on this layer could now be 2 to 4 feet deep and pack a dangerous punch..


      Over the next 24 hours.

After sustained southwest wind and substantial drifting in the past couple days, you'll likely find drifts and stiff wind slabs in deposition zones like the lee sides of ridges and sub-ridges, in gullies or scoops, near rock outcroppings, and under cliff bands... Avoid smooth rounded or chalky looking or hollow sounding drifts on steep slopes... In some steep upper elevation terrain a wind slab avalanche overrunning a slope with poor snow structure could produce a much more dangerous and deeper avalanche...


A weak storm will bring a few inches of snow to the mountains of far northern Utah today... It will be rather stormy and 3 to 5 inches of accumulation is forecast along with intensifying west winds... Mountain temperatures will drop below 20 degrees this afternoon and west winds will increase to around 30 mph, with gusts of around 45 mph possible... The wintery weather will slide east and snowfall should end by this evening as a strong high pressure system sets up over the region for the weekend.... A brush-by storm is expected to bring a little more snow late Monday, but high pressure will control the weather pattern well into next week and potentially beyond..... The strong high pressure on our doorstep will do nothing but bad to our shallow already weak early season snowpack. Unfortunately, widespread development of sugary persistent weak layers is a likely outcome.


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This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done.  This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

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