Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Logan Area Mountains Issued by Toby Weed for Saturday - November 14, 2015 - 6:57am
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The danger is LOW and avalanches are unlikely in the backcountry. Even so, you should avoid drifted terrain at upper elevations where you might trigger isolated shallow wind slab avalanches. Given the shallow snow conditions and abundant rocks and down trees in the area, a ride in even a small avalanche could be quite dangerous.

special announcement

Come join us at The Trailhead Thursday night for an avalanche awareness refresher! Snow is starting to fly so bring a friend to this FREE event to start the season off right. The Trailhead will have special pricing on all new gear that night as well as some cool giveaways! Great Harvest is donating refreshments! Thanks Wayne and James!

Don't miss the 12th annual Utah Avalanche Center in Logan's "Pray for Snow" party and fundraiser, the evening of December 3, again at the Italian Place in Downtown Logan.. For info and tickets go ............HERE

current conditions

You might find an inch or two of fresh snow, and a bit more is possible today. There's about a foot of total snow on the ground above around 8500' in elevation. Still not enough snow on most slopes for avalanche problems, with possible exceptions at the highest elevations where drifting snow created shallow wind slabs. We are closely watching the shallow snow on the ground, with facet forming high pressure weather conditions expected for the coming weekend.

Words of warning: Very shallow, early season conditions exist, and you are likely to hit rocks or woody debris in most areas. The Tony Grove Road is not maintained in the winter for wheeled vehicles, and road conditions are icy and treacherous, so come prepared. The Tony Grove Area is a shared use area and very popular in the early season, so please watch your speed, use patience, and be respectful of other users.

Snow is starting to pile up at higher elevations, so it's time to dust off and check the condition of your avalanche rescue equipment. Review and practice Companion Avalanche Rescue with our video..........HERE****

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

Avalanches are unlikely with the still very slim snow cover, but you might find some exceptions in smooth upper elevation terrain exposed to wind drifting, and in some isolated areas you could trigger shallow wind slab avalanches. Due to the shallow snow conditions, a ride in even a small avalanche could be traumatic.


It'll be very windy in the mountains today, with west winds cranking along the ridges and gusting into the 45 mph range. High temperatures in the mountains are expected around 28 degrees today and there's a chance for around an inch of accumulation. The strong winds will subside a bit by tonight and temperatures will drop into the mid teens. Some snow is likely tomorrow, with 2 to 4 inches expected.... Looks like high pressure conditions and fair weather for the weekend.

general announcements

Please submit snow and avalanche observations from your ventures in the backcountry HERE. You can call us at 801-524-5304 or email HERE, or include #utavy in your Instagram or Tweet us @UAClogan. To report avalanche activity in the Logan Area or to contact the local avalanche forecaster call me, Toby, at 435-757-7578. 

This advisory is produced by the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. It describes only general avalanche conditions and local variations always exist.