Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Sunday - March 13, 2016 - 7:16am
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Most terrain has a LOW avalanche danger. Minor wet avalanches may still be possible on a variety of aspects and elevations and perhaps more pronounced on mid-elevation northerly terrain. Continue to give sagging cornices along the ridgelines a wide berth.

With a significant storm on the doorstep, it'll be "Game On" tomorrow through mid-week. Plan accordingly.

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current conditions

Skies are overcast this morning with light to moderate westerly winds along the ridgelines blowing 15-20mph with gusts to 25. Temps are in the mid to upper 20s at most locations. Exceptions include mid-elevations where overnight lows are in the mid-30s.

recent activity

Minor wet loose and wet slab avalanches noted in the Ogden area mountains though lacking significant debris piles. More of these noted in the Logan area mountains.

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

At this point, minor wet avalanches and cornice fall are the concerns for today.

The good news is that unlike cold dry powder snow, the worst skiing and riding conditions dictate the wet avalanche hazard. If you're - as it was described yesterday - "trenching" through the wet snow, head for lower angle terrain. There's no cheese in the mousetrap today.


A significant - these days - storm is on the doorstep. We'll have increasing clouds - perhaps a touch of precipitation today - and increasing southwest winds. Snow should begin in earnest overnight and throughout the day tomorrow. Accompanying west to northwest winds, however, are forecasted to be moderate to strong along the ridgelines tomorrow. The storm lingers into Tuesday and Wednesday where storm totals may reach 12-18", primarily focusing on the Cottonwoods and areas north. For today, 8000' and 10,000' temps will be in the low 40s and low 30s, respectively. West to southwest winds will increase from 15-20mph to 30mph tonight. Initial rain/snow lines may start at 7500' and work down to the benches and then valleys.

general announcements

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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.