Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Friday - December 26, 2014 - 7:16am
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A pockety CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger remains above 9500 feet on northwest through east facing slopes. Human triggered avalanches are likely in these areas especially with a recent wind load. Keeping slope angles below 35 degrees will greatly decrease your chances for triggering an avalanche.

current conditions

Very nice storm. Snow totals in the Ogden area mountains are around 10 inches of low density powder containing around 6/10ths of an inch of water. Temperatures are cold and winds fairly light in the mid elevations from a northerly direction. We are seeing windy conditions along the highest most exposed peaks. Riding conditions don't get too much better.

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
over the next 24 hours

You're biggest concern today will be instability within the new snow. While the new snow seems to be fairly well behaved, you should watch for sluffing still today and be aware that a pile of snow may be following you downhill on the steeper slopes. Also, watch for any slab formation along the upper ridges where the winds may have played a role. Watch for any cracking as you near the ridges indicating the presence of a slab.


We'll have partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies today with ridgetop temperatures only into the low teens. North winds should be fairly well behaved with light speeds and perhaps moderate speed gusts. You may note a slight northeast direction to the wind. We should see continued cold temperatures on Saturday with clearing early then starting to cloud up late ahead of the next storm. We should see snow Sunday into Monday with .2 to .5 inches of water weight anticipated. Snow densities should again be low with 3 to 6 inches of fluff possible.

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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 exist.