Ogden Avalanche Advisory

Forecaster: Brett Kobernik


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The avalanche danger is MODERATE today. The danger will be most pronounced this morning during periods of heavy snowfall where we could see some small natural avalanches.


It was another very mild night but temperatures continue to drop and the cold front is knocking at our door. Temperatures were in the mid 30s overnight. Southerly winds remained strong overnight but should slow this morning.


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Your main concern today is new snow avalanches. We should see a period of decent snowfall this morning where it could be heavy at times. This will be when any new snow instability will spike. I don’t think that we’ll see enough snow pile up to really pose all that much threat. This should be a very manageable situation for experienced backcountry travelers. Quick hand pits, shovel tilt tests and ski cuts should all be useful tools in evaluating any new snow instabilities.


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It hardly seems worth a mention at this point but I suppose if someone monkeys around enough in obscure upper elevation steep terrain with a thin snowpack, they might be able to get a deep pocket to release.


Snowfall should start soon and we’ll see the best burst this morning. Snow showers could linger through today. Most areas should see 2 to 4 inches with the upper Cottonwoods possibly doing a bit better. Temperatures will continue to drop into the 20s and colder tonight. The winds will be in the moderate category and shift west northwest. Mild weather starts to move in again Monday through Wednesday and another storm is scheduled to start Thursday.


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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