Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Logan Area Mountains Issued by Toby Weed for Sunday - March 18, 2018 - 7:13am
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Heightened avalanche conditions exist, and there is MODERATE danger in the backcountry. Human triggered cornice falls and wind slab avalanches 1 to 2 feet deep are possible on drifted upper and mid-elevation slopes. Dangerous deep or persistent slab avalanches are unlikely, but remain possible on isolated drifted slopes with poor snow structure.

  • Evaluate snow and terrain carefully. Make conservative decisions.
  • Avoid overhanging cornices and steep drifted slopes.




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current conditions

Several more inches of snow fell in the mountains yesterday, and gusty southwest winds calmed overnight. You'll find good powder riding in the backcountry, with the best in sheltered upper elevation terrain. Heightened avalanche conditions exist, with human triggered cornice fall and wind slab avalanches 1 to 2 feet deep possible at upper and mid elevations. More dangerous deep or persistent slab avalanches are unlikely yet still possible in isolated areas with shallow weak snow.

  • The Tony Grove Snotel at 8400' reports 4 inches of new snow, with 0.4" SWE in the last 24 hrs. It's 14°F, and there's 73 inches of total snow, with 86% of normal SWE.
  • UDOT Hwy 89 Logan Summit reports 5°F, with calm conditions.
  • It's 10°F at the 9700' CSI Logan Peak weather station, with fairly light south wind this morning.
recent activity

We noticed a few small wet loose surface sluffs on very steep south and west facing slopes in the Mt Naomi Wilderness, and riders triggered a few small loose dry sluffs in steep north facing terrain Friday. No avalanche activity was reported from yesterday, but visibility in the mountains was limited by the storm.

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
description

Yesterday' sustained and gusty southwest wind drifted the fresh snow in exposed terrain, and caused a heightened danger of wind slab avalanches and cornice falls. Expect continued drifting from northwest winds today. Human triggered wind slab avalanches are possible in drifted terrain at upper and mid elevations. Loose dry sluffs are possible in sheltered terrain. Stay well clear of large ridge-top cornices, and avoid travel on steep slopes with trees, cliffs, benches, or other terrain traps below.

  • Wind slabs consist of denser drifted snow, they may be rounded and chalky looking, and are often hollow sounding.
  • Avoid stiffer drifted snow in and around terrain features like sub-ridges, gullies, scoops, and cliff bands.
  • Stay well clear of ridge-top cornices, which often break further back than expected and can trigger avalanches on steep slopes below.
Avalanche Problem 2
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
description

Heightened persistent or deep slab avalanche conditions exist in areas with shallow snow and poor snow structure. The weight of the new snow from the past several days might be enough to reactivate buried persistent weak layers in some places. Colder temperatures are helping, but some areas with shallow snow cover have very poor snow structure. I've found suspect conditions on steep forested slopes, rocky terrain, and outlying or rarely visited areas.

weather
  • Today: Scattered snow showers, mainly after noon. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 21. Light north northwest wind becoming northwest 11 to 16 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 50%. Total daytime snow accumulation of around an inch possible.
  • Tonight: Scattered snow showers before midnight. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 15. West northwest wind 7 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
  • Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 29. West northwest wind 5 to 11 mph.
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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.