Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Greg Gagne for Friday - April 8, 2016 - 7:09am
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The avalanche hazard is LOW this morning, and may rise to MODERATE as the day heats up with loose, wet snow avalanches possible.

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current conditions

It's a warm morning with temperatures in the low 40's F. Winds are out of the east/southeast and are generally light, with some gusts blowing in the 20's mph at upper elevations.

Even though temperatures are above freeezing this morning, I am expecting a shallow refreeze of the snow surface due to the clear skies.

Snow surfaces should be mostly supportable this morning, but soften rapidly. Yesterday east aspects began to soften at about 9:30 am, and today I am expecting that to occur even earlier. The shallow refreeze will also mean snow surfaces will become unsupportable more quickly, so any period of soft, supportable snow isn't likely to last that long.

recent activity

Very quiet day on Thursday. The few observations from the backcountry indicated a stable snowpack and no avalanche activity was reported from the Ogden resorts.

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

The avalanche hazard is Low this morning, and may rise to Moderate as the day heats up with loose, wet snow avalanches possible. A pretty simple strategy for avoiding trouble today is to follow the sun, working aspects from east to south to west. Once the snow surface becomes wet and unsupportable, get off of and out from underneath any steep slopes.​ Timing is everything, and I am expecting any period of soft and supportable snow will be over by late morning on all aspects.

I also noticed several sagging cornices yesterday, and these may become more reactive as we continue to heat up.


Temperatures will rise to the mid and upper 50's F. at low and mid elevations, and mid 40's F. at upper elevations. Winds will be out of the east and southeast with gusts in the teens and 20's mph. Skies will become partly cloudy as a weak storm system works its way into Utah. We are expecting unsettled weather over the next week, with spotty rain and snow showers beginning on Saturday. With such a mild airmass in place, snow levels will be high.

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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.