Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


A large storm that is forecast to produce a significant amount of mountain snow tonight through Saturday will most likely make the avalanche danger spike again. The danger will be on the rise and we will most likely issue an avalanche warning for Friday and Saturday.


Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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We start out with a Level 2 (MODERATE) avalanche danger this morning that includes scattered wind slabs along the mid and upper elevation north through east facing terrain. This also includes the chance for a more dangerous avalanche breaking into deeper persistent weak layers in the mid to upper elevation terrain on northwest through east facing slopes of 35 degrees or steeper.


As for now we have partly cloudy skies with ridgetop temperatures in the teens to low 20s with southwest wind speeds bumping up a bit into the slightly pesky category along the ridges. We’re seeing gusts in the 20s along the mid elevation ridges and into the 40s along the higher terrain. They are not out of hand, just a little breezy.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Scattered wind slabs are your main concern today. These should be manageable for people with expert level snow assessment skills. Avoid the larger pillows and use slope cuts if possible prior to diving in. You’ll find these along the mid and upper elevation ridges and crossloaded terrain features predominantly on easterly facing aspects.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Areas with a thinner snowpack still have me concerned about deeper persistent weak layers. If this storm produces a good amount of snow and doesn’t produce many avalanches breaking into the persistent weakness, we can start to feel better about our snowpack especially after a few days of settlement. Perhaps we may see a turning point after this storm. Until then we need to consider this a problem still.


A significant winter storm which will effect our area into the weekend will start producing snow today. We may see 2 to 4 inches by this evening. Ridgetop temperatures will be in the upper teens to low 20s and southwest winds will be slightly breezy in the moderate category. Significant snowfall is possible tonight into Saturday with the potential for a couple of feet. Check our mountain weather forecast which will be updated by about noon for more details.


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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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Dawn Patrol Forecast Hotline, updated by 05:30: 888-999-4019 option 8.

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

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