Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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The avalanche danger starts out at MODERATE and will rise to CONSIDERABLE as the day progresses. Get off of steep slopes as they heat up and become wet and sloppy. Plan your exit so you are not exposed to large avalanche paths or confined gullies.


Under cloudy skies, it was another night above freezing. Temperatures were in the mid 30s to mid 40s at the 8000 to 10000 foot range. Southerly winds remain just slightly breezy with gusts near 20 at 9600 feet. The snow surface has become wet producing rollerballs on all aspects up to at least 10000 feet. The snowpack is isothermal in many locations but not yet on the northerly slopes above around 9000 feet.


      Over the next 10 hours.

Heat related activity is the number one concern today. The clouds and wind should help counterbalance the continued warm temperatures but the consecutive nights with no refreeze is the significant warning. It’s not a day to put yourself in confined terrain such as couliors or other terrain traps. I would avoid bigger terrain like Stairs Gulch and upper Broads Fork. With this type of warming trend, it’s possible that there could be some large natural avalanches. I’m not sure if that will happen today but I’d travel as if I was expecting it. Anticipate loose wet snow avalanches as well as the possibility for a deep slab release.


Today looks like a repeat of yesterday with warm temperatures, partly cloudy skies and slightly gusty south winds. We should see temperatures around 50 at 8000 feet and 40s along the ridges. Temperatures remain warm tonight with no significant refreeze again. Sunday looks similar to today with slightly gustier conditions. A large trough moves inland over the southern California coast and weakens as it lifts northeast toward our area. This will produce a short lived period of snow on Monday. At this point, I’m thinking 2 to 4 inches of accumulation is possible.


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Salt Lake and Park City – Alta Central (801-742-2033)

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