Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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Most terrain has a MODERATE avalanche danger. Keep in mind that there are scattered places where you may still trigger a dangerous slab avalanche that breaks into persistent weak snow layers. Keep an eye on sunny slopes that become wet.


We have clear skies and overnight temperatures were in the teens. The winds bumped up for a period from the northeast with gusts to around 20 along the 9000 foot ridges and near 60 at the highest elevations. It looks as if they’re slowing a bit now. If you bust through enough sun and wind crusts, you can find patches of dense settled soft snow.


      Over the next 24 hours.

Triggering an avalanche that breaks into a persistent weak layer still poses the greatest threat out there today. The best I can tell, there were three layers active during the last avalanche cycle; early February facets, facets around the rime crust, and the graupel layer. I suspect these have settled out for the most part. Shallow areas are the most suspect such as slopes that have avalanched. On the north aspects I was still able to get the graupel layer to propagate clean but I had to put my boot to it to make it fracture.


      Over the next 10 hours.

Wet activity probably won’t be too much concern today but as we move into Spring we should always keep this issue in mind especially during clear warm days. Any slope that receives direct sun should be analyzed carefully. Slopes with mushy punchy conditions should be avoided.


      Over the next 24 hours.

You may find a few scattered areas of wind drifted snow that may crack. Avoid these in exposed terrain and this issue won’t pose any threat.


It’ll be a nice day in the hills with temperatures into the upper 30s at 8000 feet and around freezing on the ridgetops. Northeast winds may be a bit blustery still this morning then slow this afternoon. We’ll have sunny skies for the next few days with gradually warming temperatures and light southwest winds. There is no significant storm in sight as of right now aside from a minor disturbance early next week.


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 and Park City – 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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