Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Tuesday - February 3, 2015 - 7:22am
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Most terrain still has a LOW avalanche danger today but there is a MODERATE danger for fresh wind drifts along the upper elevation ridges. Watch for "pockety" wind slabs along the upper elevation ridges especially on the easterly facing terrain and consider consequences if you're in radical terrain. Continue to prod and jump on any fresh drifts in safe terrain to get a feel of how sensitive they are.

current conditions

Another little impulse moved through overnight adding an inch or so of new snow. This makes 2 to 3 inches total since Sunday. Densities have been high and the rain-snow line has been around 7500 feet or so. Temperatures have been fairly steady in the upper 20s along the 9000 foot ridges. Winds again bumped in speed slightly overnight and have slowed a bit again into the moderate speed range. We're seeing breaks in the clouds in the valley with cloud cover still over the mountains at 7am.

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

Wind slabs along the upper elevation ridges will be your main concern today. These may be a bit more pronounced today compared to yesterday. Continue to watch for cracking within the new snow. Test fresh drifts in safe areas by doing quick hand pits or cut across them while you're traveling. Pay attention to areas where the new snow is deeper than about 3 to 4 inches which would indicate new wind loading has occurred.


Clouds may break and thin out for a while this morning then increase again as the day goes on. 9000 foot temperatures will be in the upper 20s. Westerly winds are anticipated to increase mid day but won't get real strong except at the highest most exposed peaks. We'll have a decent chance of picking up 3 to 5 inches of high density snow tonight as the last disturbance in this series moves through. Rain-snow lines will again start pretty high, around 7500 feet and perhaps drop a bit. High pressure returns Thursday and Friday with very mild temperatures.

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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.