Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Bruce Tremper


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The avalanche danger is generally LOW with a caution for localized wind slabs along the highest peaks and ridgelines. As always, avoid steep slopes with recent wind deposits. Hitting rocks is probablby the largest hazard since there is only about a foot of snow at the hightest elevations.


We've had a few variable, mountain-level clouds overnight and ridgetop winds have picked up to 15 mph from the west and northwest. Temperatures are around 12 degrees.

The Ogden area mountains, have about a foot of snow along the upper elevation, north facing slopes. If you want better coverage, you can make a trip to the upper elevations of the Salt Lake area mountains where there is around 3 feet of snow with a solid base capped with nice powder on top.


Yesterday, there were no reports of human triggered avalanches despite many people crawling all over the upper Cottonwood Canyons near Salt Lake City.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The snowpack is mostly stable but with one caution: The winds have picked up overnight and on Ogden Peak they are blowing 15, gusting to 22 but they are much more reasonable on most ridgetops. now blowing . With a skiff of very low density powder on top, it doesn't take much wind to create dangerous wind slabs. You will find these mostly at the highest elevations and high ridgelines in downwind terrain. Luckily, you can easily spot wind slabs with their smooth, rounded shape, their hollow sound and their slabby feel. Today, as always, you should avoid any steep slope with recent wind deposits. Otherwise, the snowpack is mostly very stable.


We should have scattered, mountain-level clouds increasing to mostly cloudy by afternoon. Ridgetop winds will blow 15 mph from the northwest with speeds up to 30 mph on the highest peaks. Ridgetop temperatures will rise today from 12 degrees this morning to near 20 this afternoon, with temperatures rising to the mid 20's down at 8,000'.

The extended forecast calls for a brush-by storm passing to the east of us tonight and again on Sunday bringing a chance for light snow showers without much accumulation.


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