Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Evelyn Lees


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As the winds increase this afternoon, the avalanche danger will rapidly rise to LEVEL 2 (MODERATE) on any steep slope with new deposits of wind drifted snow. These drifts will be most widespread on mid and upper elevation slopes facing north through southeast, and so sensitive that you need to avoid travel both on and below steep, wind drifted slopes. The avalanche danger will continue to rise overnight to LEVEL 3 (CONSIDERABLE) in areas that receive 6 more inches of dense new snow.


Under partly cloudy skies, temperatures have remained warm overnight. The ridge line stations are right around 20 degrees F, with a few 30 degree readings at low to mid elevation sites. The westerly winds are quiet this morning, with most stations averaging less than 10 mph, and the highest peaks with averages less than 25 mph. Loose, recrystallized snow on the shady slopes is the softest snow in town.


In the Ogden areas mountains there were reports of small soft slabs triggered along the ridgelines on north and northeast facing terrain, and of sensitive cornice growth along the ridges. In wind affected terrain of the Provo area mountains, the UDOT forecasters found very sensitive pencil hard wind slabs yesterday, that they could remotely triggered from ridge lines and with cornice drops and ski cuts. These fast running slides were failing on 5mm surface hoar, on east through north facing slopes, between 8500’ and 9400’. In addition, there were more reports of easily triggered long running sluffs in the weak surface snow.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Our snowpack is teetering on the edge of instability, and may get a push, or at least a nudge, by the winds today. This morning’s light winds are forecast to increase this afternoon, with the high ridgeline averages of 25 to 35 mph, with gusts to 50. Lower ridgelines should reach 15 mph averages, also enough to blow and drift the light snow. Almost anywhere the snow drifts, it is landing on very fragile, weak surface snow, and these drifts will be very sensitive to people, and can even be triggered remotely. Don’t underestimate how fast conditions can change if the wind speeds increase where you are! The danger of slab avalanches will continue to rise once it starts to snow late today through tonight, particularly on wind drifted slopes.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Easily triggered loose sluffs persist on steep slopes in the extremely weak surface snow. Terrain – “so where are you going to end up if you go for a ride?” - will determine the seriousness of these small avalanches – you don’t want to end up buried in a creek bed or be shoved off a cliff. For one last day, if you have the skills to remain out of the wind affected terrain, the avalanche danger is generally LOW this morning, with pockets of MODERATE for long running sluffs on steep shady slopes.


The ridge over northern Utah this morning will rapidly shift east today, with a weak disturbance bringing snow to the mountains tonight. It will be mostly cloudy today, with the westerly winds increasing around noon. Across the high ridges, 25 to 35 mph averages are possible, with gusts in the 40’s. Lower ridgelines could have averages speeds to 15 mph, with gusts to 25. Temperatures will remain near 30 at 8,000'. Snow should begin to fall around 5 pm, and a storm total of around 4 to 7” of medium density snow is expected by Friday morning. A moist west to northwest flow continues through the weekend, with additional small accumulations of moderate density snow.


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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We will update this forecast tomorrow morning. Thanks for calling.

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