Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Evelyn Lees


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The avalanche danger is MODERATE early this morning, rapidly increasing to pockets of CONSIDERABLE on almost all elevations and aspects with daytime heating, with the avalanche danger at mid elevations rising to a CONSIDERABLE. Both natural and human triggered wet slab and wet sluff avalanches are possible. Early starts and finishes are critical - get off of and out from under steep slopes before the snow become damp and sloppy or the frozen crusts become punchy or breakable.


Under partly cloudy skies, the southerly winds are at it once again, with wind speeds across the high terrain in the Ogden area mountains averaging 30 to 40 mph, with gusts to 50. Off the ridge lines, speeds are 20 to 25, with gusts in the 30s. Temperatures have notched it up, generally 2-6 degrees warmer than yesterday morning. Upper 30s to near 50 at the lower elevations.


Yesterday, natural wet loose sluffs were reported from the SLC and Ogden area mountains, on northerly and northeasterly facing slopes, around 7,500 to 8,000’. Full pack collapses were reported from shallow, isothermal snowpack areas on Park City side. (James Broder photo, East Sisters)


      Over the next 12 hours.

The main avalanche concern today is wet snow slides – both sluffs and slabs. Wet sluffs will be easy to trigger on any steep slope as soon as the surface snow heats and becomes damp. Wet slab avalanches are the more dangerous cousin of wet sluffs. This week’s prolonged period of nonfreezing temperatures at the mid and lower elevations has allowed the snow to become wet all the way to the ground, and increased the chance for erratic wet slab avalanches, especially on slopes with a shallower snowpack.

Again today, it’s a stability dance between wind, cloud cover and temperature – travelers need to constantly evaluate the balance between the three, and realize snow conditions can change within minutes if the sun busts out or the winds stop blowing where you are. The snow will heat and rapidly become unstable.

· Early starts, early finishes, by around noon or earlier - as soon the snow surface starts to heat and become wet or the crusts soften.

· Be ready to change aspect – move on to cooler slopes with less direct sun.

· Be aware of slopes heating above you, especially on exits.

· Avoid travel in and above terrain traps like gullies

· Cornices are very weak, ready to break back further than expected.

· Avoid travel below glide cracks, which could release as slab avalanches.


The monotonous warm, southwesterly flow will continue today through midday Saturday before we get relief from a cold Pacific storm system that will arrive on Saturday night. Skies will be partly cloudy today south of about I-80, with mostly cloudy skies to the north in the Ogden area mountains. Temperatures will warm to near 50 at 8,000’ and into the mid 30s along the ridge lines. The southerly winds will slowly increase throughout the day, and then become much stronger tonight into Saturday as the cold front approaches. The cold front is forecast to reach the northern mountains Saturday night with one good burst of snow, followed by snow showers Sunday into Monday, with 1 to 2 foot storm totals by Tuesday.


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.

This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done.  This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

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