Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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The avalanche danger remains a pockety MODERATE for wind slabs and wet activity. If you're heading for the higher terrains watch for drifting along the northwest through east facing slopes. Continue to avoid terrain traps down low and stay out of the bottom of avalanche paths at the low and mid elevations. The avalanche danger will be on the rise for wet avalanche activity.


Temperatures remained very warm overnight in the upper 30s at 9000 feet with a handful of stations above 40. Southwest winds have continued to gradually increase over the last 24 hours gusting into the 60s at the most exposed locations. We're seeing gusts into the 30s and 40s along the mid elevation ridges and even the lowest stations are getting gusts into the 20s.


The avalanche danger varied greatly yesterday from place to place with the majority of people finding stable conditions. There was very little wet activity reported. I did receive a number of observations that included some fresh wind slabs. A few of these were fairly benign but a couple were big enough to cause some problems. (photo1, photo2, Farmington Canyon, Tremper)


      Over the next 24 hours.

With continued winds I'd bet people could find a number of locations with fresh wind slabs that may crack out again today.


      Over the next 24 hours.

You just can't feel too comfortable on the wet activity front with continued warm temperatures. With more warmth today and possibly some rain on the snowpack in the near future, I would keep a close eye on the snow. Terrain traps are not the place to travel through today. Continue to avoid steep slopes where the snow is becoming damp and especially if you find water percolating through it.


Temperatures will climb into the low 50s at 8000 feet and 40s along the ridgelines. Winds may pick up just a bit more still and will continue to blow in the annoying range especially along the ridges. Gusts in the 50s and 60s are expected along the most exposed peaks. We'll have mostly cloudy skies with light snow flurries or rain with the snow level up above 9000 feet.


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Yesterday, Wasatch Powderbird Guides did not get out and most likely won’t fly today due to weather. Their operations planning page is here.

Beacon training parks are up and running! There is one at Snowbasin, one on the Park City side at the top of Canyon’s gondola toward the Tombstone lift, one in Little Cottonwood near the Snowbird parking structure on the bypass road, and in Big Cottonwood a training park is at the west end of Solitude's lower parking lot.

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