Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Drew Hardesty


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The danger is CONSIDERABLE today on any steep wind drifted slope. Human triggered avalanches are probable on a variety of aspects and elevation and dependent upon the irregular loading patterns from the punishing overnight winds. Caution must be advised on any slope approaching 35 degrees and steeper.


Two to four inches of 6-8% yesterday morning sits beneath 4-8” of 8-10% overnight. Temps are in the low to mid 20’s. But it’s the wind that makes things as it will. They continue to roar. Ridgeline anemometers are spinning 40-50mph with gusts to 70, with severe wind damage and drifting reported at the lower elevations.


Some reports filtered in of cracking in the 2-4” of new windblown snow yesterday.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The stronger southerly winds will deposit soft and hard drifts in a variety of encatchment zones. Not only will the sensitive and stubborn drifts be in the high lee of the ridgelines, but they’ll be crossloaded in gullies and breakovers in unusual areas. The wind drifts can be smooth, rounded and pillowy, or they may have a scalloped appearance. It may be that your first few turns will be on an eroded boilerplate only to trigger the wind slab half-way down the slope. And it may be thick and hollow sounding – and supportable – allowing you to get on the lens before cracking out behind you. Expect the unexpected today.

Heavier snow on lighter snow is a textbook yellow flag, particularly with all the ingredients now with a slab, weak layer and bed surface.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The additional weight of snow and wind and a human trigger may be enough to trigger an older deeper slab sitting on very weak faceted snow and depth hoar. These repeater slopes that have avalanched once or twice this season remain weak and tenuous, waiting for additional provocation. They’re more likely to be triggered in steep, thin rocky terrain with more notorious conditions along the Park City ridgeline and Mill Creek.


Snow and wind will persist for the next couple of hours before losing steam. We’ll see gradual thinning of the cloud cover and winds veering westerly and dropping to 20mph. Temps will be in the upper teens and low 20s. Moisture fills back in tonight with what looks to be another moist, albeit splitty wave to affect the area. A very strong southerly flow ushers in the following wave Wednesday night into Thursday. The main core of the storm ejects inland Thursday brining additional snow through early Sunday.


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