Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Thursday - March 30, 2017 - 7:06am
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The danger is LOW. Remember that risk is inherent in mountain travel. As per the danger scale, small avalanches are possible in isolated areas or extreme terrain. If we see more snow and wind than expected, the danger will rise accordingly. Continue to avoid travel on or beneath cornices and glide cracks. Remember that safe travel protocol saves lives.

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current conditions

Skies are overcast with the mountains currently seeing just a few spits of precipitation in a rain/snow mix. Winds and temps picked up overnight with current anemometers humming from the west-southwest at 25-30mph along the exposed ridgelines. Mid-elevation stations are showing gusts in the twenties. Mountain temps are in the mid 30s. Riding conditions may be a but rugged today with varying degrees of breakable and trapdoor crust overlain by whatever we see during the day; which, I expect, won't be much.

recent activity

Backcountry skiers reported active conditions on a variety of aspects along the Cascade ridgeline of the Provo mountains yesterday with active ski cuts of 4-8" wind slabs in the steep upper elevation terrain. As expected elsewhere, shallow wet push-a-lanches became the rule and not the exception.

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

Remember that risk is inherent in mountain travel. Considerations for today:

  • Shallow pockets of isolated, lingering wind slab may still be present in steep terrain above about 10,000'.
  • Any place that feels punchy or unsupportable due to a poor overnight refreeze should be avoided.
  • Cornices and glide cracks should also be avoided with care.
  • If we see more snow and wind than expected, the danger for new snow activity will rise accordingly.

We'll have mostly cloudy-becoming-overcast skies with a light rain/snow mix for most of the day. A weak "front" arrives this afternoon that may enhance snowfall, but totals for today are likely to be 2-4". Winds will be southwesterly at 20-25mph but they'll lose some steam this afternoon. Temps will rise again to the mid-40s at 8500' and hover around freezing along the ridgelines. This closed circulation of a storm may favor everywhere but the Wasatch range. By early Saturday, I'm hedging my numbers for storm totals of 4-8". Central and southern Utah, the Uintas, perhaps even the Oquirrhs, may all see higher snowfall amounts. For tomorrow, the winds will shift to the east and increase to moderate, particularly in areas north of I-80. By Friday night, the east to northeasterlies will be strong. (Not much good comes with an east wind.) We see a bit of a break for the weekend with another quick hitter on Monday.

general announcements

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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Backcountry Emergencies. It outlines your step-by-step method in the event of a winter backcountry incident.

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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