Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Trent Meisenheimer for Sunday - April 2, 2017 - 6:41am
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Today we have a LOW avalanche danger on all aspects and elevations.

  • Travel Advice - Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
  • Likelihood of Avalanches - Natural and human triggered avalanches unlikely.
  • Avalanche Size and Distribution - Small avalanches in isolated areas or in extreme terrain.

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current conditions

Mostly clear skies will make way to increasing clouds by early morning as a cold front from the north pushes towards us. Current temperatures are above freezing at almost all weather stations below 8500' feet. Upper elevation temperatures 8500' feet and above are below freezing. Winds are generally out of the west and north blowing 10-15 mph with gusts into the 20's at upper elevations. The snow surface this morning will be supportable and travel should be easy.

If you're thinking of corn snow get it early and good luck. I am unsure if the snow surface will soften much this morning. If it does soften - it wont stay soft for long with the approaching cooler temps and cloud cover expected by noon. There is soft settled powder capped with a thin crust on the highest due north aspects.

Week in Review by Greg Gagne - [Detailed Version]

recent activity

Yesterday the heat wave came sooner than expected to the mountains and created a natural wet loose avalanche cycle at lower elevations. Many backcountry travelers reported the loose wet activity starting as early as 9:00 am on the steeper sun lit slopes.

Down south in the Provo area one party had to turn around on Timpanogos when roller-balls started showering down upon them - they also observed a natural avalanche that poured over a 100' foot cliff. (Picture below)

Photo of a natural avalanche down in Timpanogos. (Photo: wasatchavyobs)

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
over the next 12 hours

WET LOOSE AVALANCHES - This morning we may see a period of sunshine, perhaps enough that it may soften the snow surface. As the sun comes out; remember to always be aware of what slopes are above or adjacent to you - especially those that are heating up. If you see roller balls trickling down it's time to switch aspects or move to lower angle terrain.

LOOSE DRY / WIND ISSUES - As a fast moving cold front comes in this morning be prepared to shift your focus from loose wet to dry snow avalanches. Especially, if we get a period of intense snow fall where it stacks up rapidly. If winds kick up more than expected and or we receive more snow than expected, you can bet on loose dry avalanches sliding on the old slick surfaces and touchy shallow wind slabs on the leeward side of the mountain. It's spring and conditions can change minute by minute.

CORNICE - These monsters are still hanging in balance. If you're walking ridges today remember that these beasts are overhanging and often times break way further back than expected.

SLIDE FOR LIFE - Hard icy surfaces can lead to slipping and without a way to self arrest could be tragic. If you find your-self in steep terrain today have a way to prevent a slide for life from happening. Whippets, mountaineering axe, and or crampons are all good tools to carry.


This morning we have cooling temperatures and increasing cloud cover as a small cold front pushes into the mountains of northern Utah. As the storm arrives we should start seeing snow flurries by late morning and into early afternoon. Winds will be light and out of the north blowing 10-20 mph with gusts into the 20's at the upper elevations. We should see 2"-5" inches (0.3"-0.6" h20) of snow by the dinner hour. The storm exits the area and high pressure returns for Monday.

general announcements

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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