Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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The avalanche danger remains mostly at Level 1 (LOW) but you should pay a little more attention along the windier exposed terrain today where there may be a pockety Level 2 (MODERATE) danger. Lee slopes (easterly facing) could have some fresh drifts that may be sensitive to a person. These are not killers but could lead to injury if they happen to catch you off guard.


We have overcast skies. Ridgetop temperatures are in the low to mid 20s. West southwest winds increased a bit yesterday and into the evening with moderate gusts along the ridges but overall not too bad.


No avalanche activity was reported from the backcountry on Wednesday. A couple observations noted some drifting along the upper elevation ridges but not enough to become a concern.


      Over the next 24 hours.

With some snow available for transport, moderate wind speeds and a bit of new snow possible today, this may be enough to insert pockets of a Level 2 (Moderate) danger back into the forecast. While you may get some pockets to release along the ridges, my guess is that in reality, these are not going to pose a lot of danger to people in the backcountry unless you are in some sort of exposed terrain and you get knocked over.


Today we’ll have cloudy skies with possible snow showers adding up a trace to a couple of inches. Temperatures will be fairly mild at around freezing in the 8000 foot range and mid to upper 20s along the ridges. Winds shouldn’t play a huge role today and are probably at their strongest speeds right now with moderate gusts from a westerly direction. (More on winds - scroll to pg 18) They probably will slow slightly through the day. Winds will increase on Friday from the west northwest along with another shot of snow. Temperatures won’t get real cold with this system, only into the low to mid 20s. Around a half inch or a bit more of snow water equivalent is possible which may give us a nice refresher out there if the winds don’t get too out of hand this weekend which it looks as if they could be a bit annoying.


If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry - especially if you are adjacent to a ski area – please call the following teams 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.

Salt Lake – Alta Central (801-742-2033)

Ogden – Snowbasin Patrol Dispatch (801-620-1017)

Provo – Sundance Patrol Dispatch (801-223-4150)

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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 forecast 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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