Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Thursday - December 8, 2016 - 6:32am
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The avalanche danger is LOW this morning but may rise toward MODERATE this afternoon with the onset of snow and wind. Remember, Low danger doesn't mean No danger and shallow wind drifts and sluffs are possible in isolated terrain.

I anticipate the danger to rise exponentially over the next several days.

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current conditions

Skies are mostly cloudy to overcast across the range. Temperatures are in the upper single digits Southwest winds remained on good behavior overnight but have slowly started to creep up into the 10-15mph range. James Peak, Mt. Ogden and the top of Strawberry have hourly averages to 20mph. A couple inches of 3-5% density cold smoke from this week sit above various and myriad snow surfaces: wind and sun crusts...soft settled snow - it's all out there. Total snow depths are 12-18" at the mid-elevations and 18-28" up high. Yawn. But for more excitement, skip down to Mountain Weather.

recent activity


Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

Remember that risk is always inherent in mountain travel. Out of wind affected terrain, one might encounter minor sluffing in the very low density snow from this week. It shouldn't run fast or pack a punch, but worth a mention. In the wind affected terrain, isolated lingering wind drifts of the same nature as yesterday may still be present in steeper encatchment areas.


Buckle your seat belt. A long duration, complicated, wet, warm, and windy system is on the doorstep. Precipitation should begin by midday into the early afternoon and continue with various alternating periods of ferocity and lull through the weekend. This isn't our classic bread and butter "right-side-up" Goldilocks storm as head Wasatch Weather Weenie prof. Jim Steenburgh prefers, but rather Sierra cement with increasing densities over time. At least the westerly winds will crank into the 30s tonight and into the 40s+ Friday night. Rain/snow lines may reach 8000' by Friday night into Saturday, then drop back to the benches by Saturday. All told, we may see upwards of 2' of heavy dense foundation-building material. The Logan and Ogden mountains should do well with precipitation, although much of it may be initially be in the form of white rain. The weather models diverge a bit on the details, but generally imply that storms continue into next week.

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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.