Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Bruce Tremper for Monday - January 12, 2015 - 6:18am
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The avalanche danger will start out Low this morning and will probably creep into the Moderate category as the snow accumulates this afternoon and evening. Be sure to jump on small test slopes and regularly dig down with your hand to test how well the new snow is bonding and adjust your terrain accordingly.

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current conditions

A couple inches of snow Saturday night gave us some dust-on-crust conditions yesterday and another inch fell overnight. Our first coat of paint helped to improve the turning and riding conditions from the widespread hard crusts of various kinds. Our second coat of paint will arrive later this afternoon with perhaps another 5 inches.

recent activity

No avalanches reported from yesterday.

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over the next 24 hours

Storm snow will give us our only avalanche concern for today. We're expecting another 5 inches-or-so of new snow this afternoon and evening without too much wind. So I don't think that will change the avalanche danger very much, perhaps barely bump it into the Moderate category. As the snow arrives and accumulates, watch for the usual sluffs and soft slabs within the new snow. The cool thing about new snow is that everything is right on the surface and easy to test. Jump on small test slopes as you travel and regularly dig down to test the bonding within the new snow and how well it's bonding with the slick ice crusts underneath.

Slabs can occur within the new snow because of an increase in precipitation intensity, wind or temperature fluctuations within the storm. So our avalanche advice during a storm is usually in the form of if-then statements: IF we get more snow than forecast or IF the winds pick up or IF we get temperature fluctuations within the storm, THEN the avalanche danger will bump up a notch. In other words, pay attention to obvious clues as you travel today and adjust your terrain accordingly.


The cold front will arrive later this afternoon and give us about 5 inches of new snow without too much wind. The flow turns northerly very quickly this evening so we probably won't get much more new snow overnight or on Tuesday, just some additional, light snow showers. The rain-snow line should start out around 7,000' this morning and drop to near the valley floor tonight and on Tuesday. Wind should remain fairly light but bump up to 20 mph, gusting to 30 on the exposed peaks as the cold front passes this afternoon. Temperatures should be in the upper 20's today and drop into the mid teens tonight and on Monday. We should have some lingering, low and mid level clouds on Monday.

The extended forecast calls for clearing later on Tuesday and we'll start to rebuild our valley smog through the later part of the week with perhaps another disturbance for about next weekend.

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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.