Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Drew Hardesty


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Danger by aspect and elevation on slopes approaching 35° or steeper.
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The danger is expected to rise to MODERATE (Level 2) in terrain that receives snow and wind. New wind drifts will be most pronounced on steep north through southeast facing terrain at the mid and upper elevations. While shallow, these drifts may catch you off guard by breaking out above you. Again, consider the consequences of getting dragged down even in a small slide today.


Overcast skies sit above the mountains this morning ahead of today's cold, if unimpressively dry, storm. The west-northwesterly winds picked up around midnight and are blowing 15-20mph with gusts to 30 at most stations. Along the Ogden skyline, however, they've increased to 35-40mph with gusts toward 50. Mountain temperatures are in the teens across the board. The good news is that the smog across the valleys will be gone.


Continued reports of intentionally triggered sluffs in the weak sugary snow in the steepest rocky terrain.

Check out Kobernik's excellent video of his field day yesterday. (As an aside, it would be difficult to overstate what this old Michigan farmer/welder has meant to the UAC over the years - it's good to work with him.) Current conditions in the upper left hand side of the page has many new reports, especially in the Provo mountains.


      Over the next 24 hours.

The snowpack is ready and primed to avalanche - IF we get some snow and wind. The wind will certainly play more of a role with this system - but I fear it won't take much. A few inches and some drifting will EASILY create very sensitive shallow wind slabs. They may be on the smallish side, but they ought to make up for it by being potentially hair-trigger and perhaps breaking above you. Any moving debris may "step down" and gouge into the sugary "mid-pack", resulting in a more significant slide.


      Over the next 24 hours.

As evidenced yesterday in the steep Wolverine area, sluffing in the weak faceted snow continues to be a possibility. Consider the consequences of even getting knocked off your feet and dragged down. Brandon Dodge has an excellentobservation- his second photo paints the picture of terrain and consequences - and what taking a nasty ride would look like. Traumatic injury is a sure thing here.


Snow flurries this morning, snow flurries through the afternoon. It may add up to 5" if we're lucky. Mountain temps will drop into the single digits by tonight. The gusty northerly winds will blow 20-25mph today - and a bit higher along the more exposed ridgelines. The storm should clear out by mid-morning tomorrow. A ridge of high pressure builds through the weekend with the next potential bust about a week out.


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)

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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