Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Mark Staples for Monday - March 14, 2016 - 7:11am
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The avalanche danger this morning will start at MODERATE but should rise to CONSIDERABLE on upper elevation, wind loaded slopes with forecasted heavy snowfall and strong W and SW winds.

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current conditions

As of 5 a.m.

  • Most places had received 3 inches of snow containing 0.3 inches of water.
  • Winds were blowing 10-20 mph gusting to 40 mph from the W and SW this morning.
  • Temperatures were hovering a few degrees either side of freezing at 8000 feet.

Conditions will be changing rapidly today with more snow and wind expected.

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

The main avalanche problem today is wind slabs. With only 3 inches of snow this morning, wind slabs are not a major problem yet but they will become more dangerous as the day progresses with more snow and wind. By afternoon some wind slabs could start releasing naturally.

On northerly aspects at upper elevations, there are a few "funky" layers in the top 6 inches of the snowpack. One is a layer of graupel (see photo below) and the other is a layer of low density, slightly faceted, snow just under a soft crust. Neither of these will be a long lasting problem, but with a wind slab resting on them, the wind slab may fracture a bit easier and over a slightly wider area than it would if these layers were not present.


Snowfall will resume this morning and bring 4-6 inches of additional snow today with another 4-6 inches possible tonight. Temperatures will warm somewhat today but should drop by afternoon as cold air descends from the north. Winds will blow mostly from the west 20-30 mph at ridgetops.

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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.

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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.