Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Friday - November 27, 2015 - 7:06am
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The overall avalanche danger is LOW today. There might be isolated areas that have a MODERATE danger where a small wind slab might crack out. The steep terrain along the upper ridgelines is where a person might trigger a small wind slab.

current conditions

It's another fairly chilly morning with temperatures in the low teens at most stations. At the highest elevations, we have readings in the single digits with a few stations just above zero. Southeast winds are still fairly light in speed in the mid and lower elevations. James Peak and Mt Ogden do have notable higher east wind speeds although nothing to get too excited about.

recent activity

The few inches of low density snow was well behaved on Thursday with no avalanche activity reported.

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

Thin snow cover presents the greatest hazard out there right now. Continue to watch for any recent drifting along the upper ridges today. Compared to the Salt Lake region, the Ogden area mountains are seeing higher wind speeds along the highest ridges. It is likely that there are some drifts along the highest ridges that may be sensitive to the weight of a person. Watch for any cracking if you happen to get into the higher terrain today.


The large but unimpressive storm will continue to affect us through the weekend. Expect clouds with the chance of flurries today. The chance for snow flurries is greater this afternoon and this evening. Accumulations will be minimal. Easterly winds should stay in the light to moderate speed category. Temperatures are going to stay fairly cold today with most stations staying in the teens.

general announcements

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If you trigger an avalanche in the backcountry, but no one is hurt and you do not need assistance, please notify the nearest ski area dispatch to avoid a needless response by rescue teams. Thanks.

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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.