Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Evelyn Lees


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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Wind and new snow are creating an Increasing Avalanche Danger today. There is a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger on mid and upper elevation northwest through north through easterly facing slopes of about 35 degrees and steeper, for both new wind drifts and for slides breaking 1 to 2 feet deep on surface hoar. There is a MODERATE danger on slopes of 30 to 35 degrees. Slides can be triggered remotely from a distance or break out above you.


Under cloudy skies, it’s a warmer morning, with temperatures in the mid teens to mid 20s. The southwesterly winds jumped into the game overnight, and are now a significant player. Many stations are in the 15 to 20 mph range, with the more exposed peaks averaging 25 to 30 mph, with gusts to 40. Strong sun and warm temperatures yesterday baked the southeast through west facing slopes and the lower elevations, so they are heavily crusted, but there is good powder on sheltered, shady, mid and upper elevation slopes.


I was once again swamped with avalanche activity this morning. There were 4 reported human triggered soft slab slides yesterday, in the UFO Bowls in the Provo area mountains, Mill B and South Monitor. There was also a larger, 400’ wide, remotely triggered hard slab avalanche on Lewis Peak. All 5 slides failed on the buried surface hoar. These slides are wider, 100’ – 400’ across. Also late reports of 4 people triggered slides from Monday, including 2 rides and one shoulder injury. Most are posted in Current Conditions. In addition, there was widespread wet avalanche activity on SE, S, SW, W facing slopes.


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Even before the snow arrives, the wind alone has increased the avalanche danger. Sensitive drifts, or wind slabs, will be most common on northerly and easterly facing slopes, but snow will be also drifted onto other aspects and onto mid slope breakovers. Avoid wind drifted slopes where the slabby, dense snow will be easy to trigger.


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This storm will be a double whammy for the buried surface hoar, by both over loading it with more weight and by creating a better, stiffer slab above. Any slide triggered on the surface hoar in a wind drifted area today will be deeper, wider, denser, and much more likely to catch and carry you. Drainages that had less activity on the surface hoar may become more active today and tomorrow. Remember, with surface hoar, slides can be triggered on lower angle slopes, approaching 30 degrees, and remotely from a distance.


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With the additional weight of the new snow, slides breaking on the weak layers near the ground could become more common again. Avoid steep, rocky shallow snow pack areas, including slopes that have slid one or more times this year, on west through north through southeast facing slopes.


A Pacific storm system will move through the area today and tonight, bringing a very nice shot of snow. Today, areas favored by southwest to westerly flow will get the most snow, with areas favored by northwest flow catching up tonight. 4 to 8” of snow possible by dusk, with another 4 to 8” tonight. The southwesterly winds will increase this morning, with 25 to 35 mph averages common, and gusts across the highest peaks reaching 50 mph. Temperatures will be near 30 at 8,000’ and 20 at 10,000’. Winds will shift to the west this afternoon, and then northwest tonight, and decrease. There will be a break in the action on Friday, with a weaker, warmer storm this weekend.


Please contact Alta Central (801-742-2033) if you trigger a large avalanche in the backcountry, especially if you are adjacent to a ski area, to alert them to the slide and whether anyone is missing or not. Rescue teams can be exposed to significant hazard when responding to avalanches, and do not want to do so when unneeded. Thanks.

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