Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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We’re dealing with a mostly Level 2 (MODERATE) avalanche danger today for lingering wind slabs and the possibility for some fresh one’s forming later today. Watch the mid and upper elevation northerly facing slopes for these. The danger also includes the possibility for heat related avalanche activity. Watch sunny slopes to become damp as well as all slopes in the low to mid elevations. Damp snow is often a precursor to heat initiated avalanches.


Skies cleared out overnight and temperatures are fairly cold in the mid teens above around 9000 feet. The winds slowed during the day on Friday into the light to moderate category from the west southwest. New snowfall during the day added up to about 6 inches in most areas with the Provo area doing the best with around 11. The new snow was low density and right side up.


Instability peaked during the high precipitation intensity mid day on Friday with some natural loose snow avalanches. Folks in the backcountry reported a few human triggered soft slabs that were manageable. Observations from the Powder Mountain backcountry included slabs releasing on burried surface hoar and Snowbasin snow safety reported mid and low elevations to be active on Friday.


      Over the next 24 hours.

There will be two issues to keep in mind during the day today and both should be pretty manageable. You may still find a lingering wind slab that could release within one of the recent layers of snow. Winds are supposed to increase from the southwest as the day goes on especially later this afternoon so we’ll want to watch for snow getting transported into fresh sensitive drifts as well.


      Over the next 8 hours.

You should also anticipate heat related avalanche activity. We should see increasing clouds which will offset the direct sun but it’s the end of March and the new snow can still become damp and unstable under cloud cover. Look for rollerballs and pay attention to the snow surface becoming heavy and damp indicating that the new snow is trending toward instability. If you notice this, it’s not the time to linger in the bottom of avalanche paths or terrain traps such as gullies.


We’ll see increasing clouds as the day progresses as well as increasing southerly winds. I don’t think the winds will play a huge role in transporting snow until later in the day but keep it in mind. Ridgetop temperatures will get into the mid to upper 20s. As it looks now, we’ll have three short wave troughs move through starting later today. Snow may start falling this afternoon but most of it will be tonight with another 6 inches or so expected into Sunday with some areas doing a bit better. Winds will decrease again on Sunday. The 2nd system moves in for Sunday night through Monday with colder temperatures. 700mb level should dip to -12C. Nice. The 3rd system will be a small one for Wednesday.


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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