Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Brett Kobernik for Wednesday - December 16, 2015 - 7:38am
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The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today. Human triggered avalanches are likely on slopes 35 degrees and steeper that face west, north and east. THE AVALANCHE DANGER WILL BE ON THE RISE OVER THE NEXT 24 HOURS WITH MORE SNOW AND WIND IN THE FORECAST.

current conditions

Wow. I'm not the only one to note the high quality of yesterday's powder. "Haven't seen this in years" and "Too busy pillaging to take photos" were comments from others. Unfortunately, this bliss is overshadowed by a nasty weak layer which may prove to be deadly.

The wind has been really well behaved over the last few days. It did pick up a bit late Tuesday and was blowing and drifting snow a bit. Currently, the wind is from the northwest in the moderate speed category. We are only seeing gusts in the 30s along the highest peaks. Ridgetop temperatures are in the single digits this morning.

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

Things are not "hair-trigger" out there right now but the bullet is in the chamber. The snowpack is just creaking and groaning a little bit right now but it will start shouting at us soon. This is a bad situation that should be taken very seriously. The weak snow that formed earlier in the season is going to produce avalanches. We just need a little wind or a bit more of a load to change the surface snow into a more cohesive slab. Don't mess with this folks, this is the real deal.

For some more thoughts on this, HERE IS AN ADDENDUM TO TODAY'S FORECAST


We'll see a chance for snow today with a better chance latter in the day. We'll see moderate speed winds from the west northwest increasing as the day goes on. Ridgetop temperatures should get into the teens today. We should see a good shot of low density snow tonight, perhaps 3 to 6 inches by Thursday morning.

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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.