Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Saturday - March 21, 2015 - 6:52am
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The avalanche danger will increase to MODERATE with daytime heating. Avoid travel on and below steep slopes once the snow becomes damp, wet or punchy. The wet avalanche danger will gradually decrease with cooler temperatures into mid week.

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The next advisory will most likely be updated Tuesday, March 24 unless conditions warrent.

current conditions

Temperatures are about 5 degrees warmer than Friday at this time with upper elevation readings in the mid 30s to mid 40s. The wind direction has backed around to the southwest with fairly light speeds. With a clear overnight sky, I'd anticipate at least a shallow re-freeze of the surface snow despite the warm temperature readings.

For details on what people are finding for conditions in the backcountry, make sure to check our OBSERVATIONS WEB PAGE.

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Wet avalanche activity will be your main concern Saturday. It looks like Saturday is the warmest day so this avalanche issue should be less pronounced as we slide into a slight cooling trend.

Use the usual springtime tricks - early starts and early finishes and switching to the cooler aspects once the snow heats up. First east facing slopes will heat, then south, then west and northerly. When the snow becomes punchy, soggy, wet or loose where you are, get off steep slopes and head elsewhere.

Avoid terrain traps, including creeks and gullies, where even a small sluff can pile snow up deeply. Glide avalanches can occur any time of day, most common where there are smooth rock slabs beneath the snow; and cornices are sensitive and break back further than expected.


We'll see a few clouds today with ridgetop temperatures into the 40s. Southwest wind should remain fairly light. The big picture for the upcoming week is similar or slightly cooler temperatures for Sunday with more clouds and cooler through mid week as a few disturbances pass through. A minor storm Monday night and another one Tuesday night might produce a few inches of snow each. Temperatures remain fairly cool through the week then look like they get really warm next weekend.

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Salt Lake and Park City – Alta Central (801-742-2033), Canyons Resort Dispatch (435-615-3322)

Snowbasin Resort Dispatch (801-620-1017), Powder Mountain Dispatch (801-745-3772 x 123).

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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.