Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Greg Gagne for Thursday - March 3, 2016 - 7:10am
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The avalanche danger is LOW today. However, Low doesn't mean NO, so watch for small fresh wind drifts at upper elevations in addition to small, wet snow avalanches as temperatures rise today.

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current conditions

Temperatures have warmed a few degrees overnight and currently from the upper 20's F to mid 30's F in the Ogden mountains. Yesterday's West/SouthWest winds have diminished and are now blowing in the teens with some gusts in the 20's mph. Reports of fun skiing on chalky, dry snow on upper elevation north aspects continue to dribble in.

recent activity

The only item of interest from yesterday's observations were reports of small pockets of fresh wind drifts at upper elevation ridgelines in the Salt Lake mountains. These were shallow (1-8" thick) and isolated. [Photo R. Wyatt]

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

For today, two items to watch:

1. Pay attention to fresh wind drifts along upper elevation ridgelines. Although these are mostly isolated, they have formed on top of a hard surface, so if you did trigger one of these small wind slabs in very steep terrain, consider the consequences of where you may end up if you are unable to get off of the bed surface.

2. We are expecting warm temperatures today, so small wet sluffs are possible as the sun warms the snow surface.

Moab forecaster Eric Trenbeath has been actively writing this past season, and discusses persistent weaknesses in the March issue of Backcountry Magazine. Eric has also written a nice piece in Ascent on identifying slab avalanche problems.

Remember, risk is always inherent in mountain travel. Even with a Low Danger, avalanches can still happen in isolated places.


For weather, today you can expect temperatures approaching 50 F at lower elevations, and mid to upper 30's at upper elevations. Winds are out of the W/SW and will blow in the low to mid teens at mid elevations, with stronger winds along the upper ridges blowing in the mid 20's mph with gusts in the thirties. High thin clouds will provide filtered sunshine. A weak storm may brush by us and provide a few snowflakes overnight.

Models are currently forecasting stormy conditions for later this weekend. We'll keep you updated.

general announcements

Remember your information can save lives. If you see anything we should know about, please help us out by submitting snow and avalanche conditions. You can also call us at 801-524-5304, email by clicking HERE, or include #utavy in your tweet or Instagram.

To get help in an emergency (to request a rescue) in the Wasatch, call 911.  Be prepared to give your GPS coordinates or the run name. Dispatchers have a copy of the Wasatch Backcountry Ski map.

Backcountry Emergencies. It outlines your step-by-step method in the event of a winter backcountry incident.

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.