Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Bruce Tremper


We will be issuing intermittent avalanche advisories for the rest of the season as conditions change.We will likely issue advisories each afternoon this week to keep you up to date on the expected snowstorm and then they will become more intermittent as conditions stabilize.


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The avalanche danger will quickly rise with wind and new snow. Since the avalanche danger will depend on the weather, you will need to make evidence-based decisions as conditions develop. My best guess is that on Tuesday you will see the danger quickly rise from LOW to CONSIDERALBE by afternoon on slopes with recent wind deposits and possibly to HIGH on most slopes by Wednesday morning when the cold front passes.


Today was that in between time that occurs all too quickly in spring when the sun has ruined the powder and it hasn’t yet cooked it down enough to form corn. The snow surface was mostly breakable crust on all but the south facing slopes and some of the lower elevation slopes where the sun and heat have been strong enough to melt the snow surface, which refroze into a supportable crust overnight. Today’s high temperature was in the mid 50’s at 8,000’ and just above freezing on the ridge tops.


We haven’t heard about any significant avalanche activity today with the exception of some localized, wet sluffs on the steep, south facing slopes as they heated up in the sun.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Yes, that’s right, we have yet another storm on the way with yet another two or three feet of snow expected in favored areas like the Salt Lake area mountains and about half that amount in the Ogden area mountains along with strong wind on Tuesday and more snow on Wednesday and Thursday. That means that we will have the usual round of storm-snow avalanches. First, and most importantly, strong wind tomorrow will almost certainly make dangerous wind slabs on any downwind terrain. The wind will blow mostly from the south, so you can expect wind slabs on north facing slopes near ridges but they will likely be cross loaded into other terrain as well. Second, even if you are out of the wind, watch for weak layers that may develop within the new snow such as graupel or low density layers. Third, watch for times of high precipitation intensity, which can instantly create natural, and human-triggered, avalanches within the new snow. Be sure to check the snow carefully as you travel by jumping on small, test slopes and digging down with your hand to see how well the snow is bonded.


Southwest ridge top winds should pick up overnight and snow should begin on Tuesday morning with perhaps 6 inches during the day. Ridge top winds will blow 30-40 with gusts to 60 and ridge top temperatures will start out near freezing. The cold front should arrive by Wednesday morning and drop ridge top temperatures to the mid teens. Snow levels will start out around 10,000 to 11,000 feet and drop to 8,500 feet on Wednesday. Snow should continue into Thursday. Be sure to monitor the National Weather Service web site to follow the storm’s progress (use the links on our Weather page).


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

We will update this advisory on Tuesday.

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