Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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The avalanche danger will be on the rise and may reach Level 3 (CONSIDERABLE) range for stubborn wind drifts along the northerly facing ridgelines. Human triggered avalanches are likely. Mid elevations may also be in this category if you come across areas where the wind has transported snow. The danger will be on the rise during the day today and will most likely spike and reach it’s height late this afternoon into this evening. Keep in mind that the danger can spike rapidly during periods of intense snowfall.


Southerly or southeast winds have continued in the moderate to strong category and if anything have increased over the last 24 hours. Temperatures are mild with most stations in the mid 20s to around 30. The Ogden area has only received a couple of inches out of this storm as of this morning.


No reports were submitted from the Ogden area backcountry but snow safety at the ski resorts did report fresh drifts and some sensitive wind slabs on Sunday


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Wind slabs will be the biggest concern again today but will behave a bit differently is my guess. I suspect they will be more stubborn but pack more of a punch if you trigger one. Without them being as sensitive and giving you instant feedback, it’s easy to get lured into terrain that you think won’t slide because you haven’t seen any activity. As the day goes on and snow starts, it’ll continue to get drifted into fresh drifts. The most likely places are west through north through east facing slopes especially along ridges. You’ll need slopes of 35 degrees or steeper as well.


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I’m continuing to mention deep slabs today. It’s unlikely that anyone will be “monkeying” around in areas where this is a concern but remember that this wind event is loading some slopes big time and I won’t be surprised to hear of a natural avalanche that’s broke into older weak layers. Higher north facing wind loaded terrain is the most likely spots for a deep slab release.


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Watch the new snow as it falls. It probably won’t pose much threat until late this afternoon but be aware of any periods of intense snowfall where the danger will spike.


We’ll see mostly cloudy skies with snow and gusty southerly winds today. Snow flurries may start this morning but the bulk of it will fall this afternoon and into tonight. Winds continue to be annoying in the moderate to strong range from a southerly direction still with possibly a little east to it. They switch more west and decrease tonight. Temperatures should gradually cool during the day. Unstable air remains in place through Tuesday which is favorable for lingering snowfall. Models are generating ¾ to an inch and a ¼ of water which makes me think we should see an average of 8 to 12 inches total with a bit more possible in the most favored areas.


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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