Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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While the avalanche danger could spike to CONSIDERABLE during the day, most terrain has a MODERATE avalanche danger. MODERATE means human triggered avalanches are possible. Factors that could spike the avalanche danger are more snow or wind than anticipated or if the sun pops out. Choose terrain carefully and consider what your options are if any of these factors occur.


This storm produced! Another 5 to 8 inches of snow fell overnight in the Ogden area mountains. There's been very little wind with this storm. It's been from the west or southwest for the most part. Temperatures continue to cool and are into the teens to low 20s.


There was no significant avalanche activity reported from the backcountry on Sunday. Actually, things were very well behaved and those who were out reported a great powder day without much hazard.


      Over the next 24 hours.

It’s all about the new snow today. I’m guessing things will be well behaved again but there are a few factors that could spike the avalanche danger. First, the danger will spike IF we have a longer and more intense period of snowfall than anticipated. Second, the danger will spike IF the westerly winds increase more than anticipated. Third, the danger will spike IF the sun pops out and hits the new snow. So, I think there’s great potential for another outstanding powder day but you have to pay attention to what’s going on out there. Upper elevations that didn’t receive too much snow will be your best bet.


      Over the next 10 hours.

You’ll still find the underlying snow at the mid and lower elevations to be wet. Even so, I suspect the cooling trend we just went through will help keep avalanche activity to a minimum at those locations. Keep in mind that it is spring time and the snow can become damp from heat very rapidly. If you notice this, it’s time to make tracks out of there.


The storm is not totally done with us making it a somewhat difficult weather forecast. We’ll see a break in snowfall this morning and west or northwest winds should stay in check. We could still see periods of locally intense snowfall this morning and into the afternoon which could add up to another 6 inches. However, I wouldn’t be surprised if the sun pops out for a period either. Chances for snow become less this afternoon. We’ll have partly cloudy skies on Tuesday and a rapid warm up following through the later portion of the 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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