Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Saturday - February 27, 2016 - 5:08am
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The avalanche danger is MODERATE this morning on west through southeast aspects that received the most sunshine yesterday. Very warm temperatures yesterday and the lack of a refreeze this morning will make loose wet snow avalanches possible, but cooler temperatures should decrease the danger of this problem throughout the day. North aspects that did not heat up as much yesterday have a LOW avalanche danger.

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current conditions

A few thin clouds were moving over the area this morning ahead of a weak storm. Temperatures yesterday reached the upper 40's F in most areas and only cooled to the low 40's and upper 30's F this morning. Winds increased and are blowing 15-20 mph gusting 30-40 mph from the SW. With thin cloud cover this morning and air temperatures that did not get below freezing, the snow may remain wet in many low elevation locations and on south aspects at higher elevations.

recent activity

There was no reported avalanche activity yesterday, but I suspect the very warm sunny weather caused at least a few loose, wet snow avalanches.

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over the next 24 hours

Air temperatures that did not drop below freezing and thin cloud cover are the red flags this morning. Clouds act as a blanket and prevent the snowpack from cooling due to longwave raditional heat loss to the sky. Fortunately the snowpack experienced a gradual warm up this week, and I don't expect any major wet snow avalanche activity this morning. Air temperatures should cool today and cloudy skies will limit warming due to sunshine.


Today temperatures will cool and slowly drop below freezing. Late morning winds will briefly increase from the W and blow up to 40 mph; otherwise, they should blow 10-20 mph as they slowly shift to the NW by this evening. Some snow will fall today, but we'll be lucky if an inch or two accumulates. Tonight and Sunday will be dry followed by another very weak storm Monday that may only bring a trace of snow as well.

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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.