Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Bruce Tremper for Monday - February 9, 2015 - 6:57am
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The danger today is mostly LOW. But IF we get more than the 1-2 inches of new snow forecast or the wind does not drop with the arrival of the cold front, expect a MODERATE danger of wind slabs and storm snow instabilities.

current conditions

Today is the 36th day in a row of above normal temperatures in Salt Lake City with more days like it in the forecast. It's balmy and warm this morning again with strong wind along the ridge tops in advance of yet another weak cold front scheduled to arrive mid day. At 9,000' it's 34 this morning with the ridge top wind blowing 30, gusting to 50 from the southeast. Snow surface conditions yesterday were surprisingly good on the northerly facing, wind-sheltered slopes with 2-5 inches of soft, dry, faceted snow and settled old snow. The sun exposed aspects will likely be crusted today. The wind exposed terrain has a wide variety of sastrugi and old, smooth wind slabs.

recent activity

No significant activity reported from yesterday.

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

Today, the forecast is for 1-2 inches of new snow from a weak, quick-hitting cold front expected to arrive around mid day. The wind is supposed to blow hard before the arrival of the front, but there is not much snow to blow around and the wind is supposed to drop as soon as the new snow begins. So, in theory, it shouldn't change the avalanche conditions very much unless we get much more snow or post-frontal wind than forecast. Watch for all the usual problems with new snow including recent deposits of wind blown snow on steep slopes and any instabilities within the new snow. Since everything will be right on the surface, it's easy to test the snow continuously as you travel by jumping on small test slopes and digging with your hand.

Note: the danger rose is blank on the southerly facing slopes below 8,000' because it's mostly bare ground.


Balmy, windy weather this morning will be punctuated by a weak, quick-hitting, cold front by about mid day. The forecast is for 1-2 inches of snow and the wind should drop with the arrival of the cold front. Then, a few lingering clouds this afternoon and evening. This morning, expect temperatures in the mid to upper 30's with ridge top wind from the south 30, gusting to 50. The cold front should drop temperatures in to the lower 20's and the wind should drop as well and turn westerly, then northerly by tonight.

After cooler temperatures and perhaps some scattered clouds on Tuesday, we should return to warmer temperatures by Wednesday. Unfortunately, we still don't see any significant snow in the forecast.

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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.