Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Evelyn Lees


A special avalanche advisory remains in affect for the mountains of Utah, where dangerous conditions continue on steep, snow covered slopes. Backcountry travelers and snowmobiles can trigger large deep avalanches breaking near the ground, which may be unsurvivable. Backcountry travelers should avoid travel on and below steep slopes.


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The avalanche danger is HIGH on mid and upper elevation, steep wind drifted slopes, facing north through east, approaching 35 degrees or steeper. Deep, unsurvivable avalanches breaking near the ground can be triggered, both on, below or adjacent to these steep slopes. Other steep slopes have a CONSIDERABLE danger, and as always, avoid any steep slope with fresh drifts on windblown snow.


A storm system crossing northern Utah is favoring the mountains north of I-80. As of 6 am, the Ogden mountains have 4 to 8” of new snow, but have also received the brunt of the southwesterly winds. Average speeds have been in the 25 to 40 mph range, with gusts to 60. South of I-80, 2 to 5” have fallen in the Salt Lake and Park City mountains, and about 2 to 3” in the Provo mountains. Average wind speeds have been a bit less, with peaks favored by SW flow peaking overnight at 15 to 25 mph averages, and gusts in the 40s. In less favored terrain, averages have been in the 10 to 20 mph range. Temperatures are in the teens and 20s.


Yesterday was a quieter day in the backcountry. There was one skier triggered slide in the Provo area mountains – a delayed release on a previously skied slope that slid earlier this season, east facing at 9,900’, 1-2 feet deep by 75 feet wide. There were two explosive triggered slides in American Fork, both about 4’ deep, on NNE facing slopes, the largest 200’ wide. Snowmobilers triggered 2 large slides in the Logan area mountains, and collapsing is still being reported in less traveled areas.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The scary skiing and riding conditions continue, due to a complete lack of trust in the weak, faceted snow near the ground. A slide triggered on this deep weak layer will be 2 to 4 feet deep, 100 to 400’ wide, and a burial in the dense, deep debris could be fatal. Avoidance of steep slopes is the only sure way to prevent getting on the wrong end of a freight train of snow traveling 60 mph. The widespread nature of the weak, basal snow is shown by the extensive distribution of recent slides.


      Over the next 12 hours.

The new snow is landing on a variety of old snow surfaces – rough to slick crusts, and in shady sheltered spots, on yesterday’s loose, sugary a mix of surface hoar and near surface facets. This will make the new snow more sensitive, especially on wind drifted slopes. This danger will be the highest in the Ogden area mountains and anywhere else that receives the greatest amounts of snow and wind. Wind drifts should be avoided, and sluffing and shallow soft slabs on steep slopes will become increasingly easy to trigger as the day goes on and the snow piles up.


Snow should fall for most of the day, decreasing to snow showers tonight. Storm totals will be 8 to 14 inches north of I-80, and 4 to 8” south of I-80. The southwesterly winds will be in the 10 to 20 mph range, with gusts to 30. More exposed stations will average closer to 30 mph, with gusts in the 40s. Temperatures will be in the teens and 20s. Winds will gradually shift to the west, and decrease tonight as high pressure builds in for the coming week.


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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.

Drew will update this forecast on tomorrow morning. Thanks for calling.

This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done.  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.

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