Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Tuesday - March 21, 2017 - 6:17am
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The danger for wet activity will rise to at least MODERATE today. Natural and human triggered wet avalanches are likely on a variety of aspects and elevations. The best and safest conditions are on smooth, undisturbed low angle slopes. Cornices remain significant objective hazards and glide avalanches may be expected in areas with glide cracks.




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current conditions

Skies are mostly cloudy. Winds are southwesterly, blowing 25-30mph with gusts to 50. Mid-elevation wind sites have gusts to 30. Temperatures are in the mid to upper 40s. Snow surface conditions remain mostly supportable although the heat is taking its toll. Still, snow depths in protected northerly terrain sit at 95-115".

recent activity

Natural and human triggered cornice fall with an apparently very close call Sunday in the Logan area mountains. Check the Logan advisory for details.

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 14 hours
description

A thin blanket of overnight clouds and continued warm temperatures will keep wet point release sluffs high on the avalanche problem list for today. Sure, they don't have the speed of their dry cousins, but they more than make up for it with sheer mass, volume, and pound-for-pound, destructive potential. Wet loose sluffs can be triggered today on all aspects and elevations except the highest, northerly facing slopes. Keep an eye on the snow surface, when it becomes damp, punchy, and unsupportable - it's time to leave or move to low angle slopes.

The outlier: this is highly variable, but free water pooling above the any number of crusts, especially the February rain crusts, may produce wet slab activity in steep terrain. Control work three days ago in the Ogden mountains produced a 3' deep wet slab in unsupported terrain.

Avalanche Problem 2
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 14 hours
description

It's calving season. More and more cornices are calving off the ridgelines, leaving enormous piles of snow in the runout zones. We've had a few very close calls recently with cornices. Stay well back from the ridgelines and run-don't-walk if moving in terrain beneath the giant whales. Evelyn reported some cornices even dripping with melt yesterday: not a good sign. (pc: Lees)

Avalanche Problem 3
type aspect/elevation characteristics
LIKELIHOOD
LIKELY
UNLIKELY
SIZE
LARGE
SMALL
TREND
INCREASING DANGER
SAME
DECREASING DANGER
over the next 24 hours
description

Glide cracks are opening throughout the range and occur primarily where there are smooth rock slabs beneath the snow. Appropriate risk-management strategies include avoiding all terrain with glide cracks or recent glide releases and giving runout zones a wide berth.

weather

We'll have mostly cloudy skies, moderate southwest winds, and daytime highs reaching into the low 40s along the ridgelines and to near 60°F at 8500'. We'll have a weak cold front tonight but not before another potential shot of lightning and thunder accompanied by a rain/hail mix.

A warm and windy storm on a southerly flow will embrace the state Wednesday evening into Thursday. It looks to have good mid and upper level dynamics accompanying the storm and a foot of snow may be expected in the higher elevations. The rain/snow line perhaps initially starts above 8000'...dropping to 7000' by Thursday as the flow shifts from southerly to west/northwest. Wind may be a factor in the post frontal environment. We get a quick break Friday ahead of the next system on Saturday into Sunday. Weather models suggest a continued active pattern to finish March as a lion.

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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 occur.