Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Friday - December 4, 2015 - 7:10am
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The avalanche danger is mostly LOW in the Ogden area mountains, due to a lack of snow. However, there is an isolated MODERATE today for triggering a wind slab on upper elevation slopes facing northwest through north through east. The most likely place to trigger a slide would be a slope approaching 35 degrees or steeper, in the wind zone along a higher ridge line. Drifts will be more isolated on other upper elevation aspects and in mid elevation terrain. Drew will update this forecast Saturday morning.

current conditions

t’s another one of those warm before the “non-storm” mornings - temperatures in the Ogden area mountains remained in the upper 30’s to low 40’s overnight, with only the highest ridge lines like Mt Ogden below freezing. The southerly winds ramped up - 20 mph averages with gusts in the 40s, and the highest peaks are averaging closer to 40 mph, with gusts in the 60s at times.

Access in the Ogden area mountains continues to be difficult due to the lack of low and mid elevation snow. In addition, the shallow and weakening snow limits travel for all users, and is mostly unsupportable for snow machines off the packed roads. The very shallow snowpack also means hitting rocks or logs is likely even at the upper elevations.

recent activity

No new avalanches have been reported from the backcountry for the past few days.

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
over the next 12 hours

With a very shallow snow pack, the strong winds will have a hard time finding snow drift in the Ogden area mountains. However, any wind slabs will be landing on a variety of weak old snow surfaces. Avoid these dense, cracky drifts on slopes approaching 35 degrees or steeper. While most widespread along the upper elevation ridges, a few drifts will be well off the ridgelines - at slope break overs, around terrain features and even on mid elevation slopes. Find small test slopes to jump on to help you evaluate the depth and sensitivity of the new drifts.


A weak (and splitting) trough crossing Utah today will produce mostly cloudy skies, and perhaps even a few snowflakes this afternoon, though accumulations will be scarce. Temperatures probably peaked a few hours ago, and will slowly decrease as cold air filters in behind the front. 10,000’ temperatures will drop to near 20 by evening, and into the mid teens by tomorrow morning. Winds will also decrease through out the day, and eventually shift to the northwest. Saturday will be cooler, with highs in the mid teens to mid 20s, light winds and clearing skies.

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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.