Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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Most terrain has a MODERATE avalanche danger but it will rise toward CONSIDERABLE as things heat up today. Get off steep slopes early and avoid being under avalanche paths as the day goes on.


Overnight we had partly cloudy skies and temperatures remained warm around freezing or higher at most locations. Clouds just started clearing out. Winds are generally light from the southwest. These conditions will only have produced a very shallow refreeze of the snow surface.


There's been some recent natural wet slab avalanche activity reported by the Snowbasin snow safety and Doug Wewer as well.

It seems like this activity occurred on the 13th. DETAILS


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Avalanches due to heating is your main concern today. To be honest, I don't know what the extent of this activity will be. I suspect there won’t be a huge natural cycle today but it’s hard to ignore the string of nights with very mild temperatures and warmer weather expected today. Clouds and increasing winds will help counteract avalanche activity but don’t bet the bank on it. Also, we still have our buried weak layers that the heat will aggravate. Get out of the hills early and make sure you don’t put yourself in terrain traps on your exits.


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Be careful when approaching cornices as they will continue to get sensitive with the warming. They often will break back farther than you think they might.


We’ll have clear to partly cloudy skies today with temperatures near 50 at 8000 feet. Southwest winds will increase to the moderate speed range this afternoon. Friday will be similar with a few more clouds and stiffer southwest winds. A large storm starts to move through on Saturday where we’ll see the chance of snow and continued mild temperatures and strong southwest winds. Our best chance for snow looks like it will be on Sunday into Monday with lingering snow showers perhaps into Tuesday before the storm moves 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 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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