Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Monday - April 3, 2017 - 6:38am
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The avalanche danger is LOW today, though small avalanches can still be triggered in isolated terrain.

  • Avoid the small hard wind drifts on steep slopes at the upper elevations
  • Minimize travel time below the large cornices and old glide cracks.
  • In steep terrain, a slip on the icy hard snow could send you for a long, dangerous ride.

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current conditions

If there was a storm, I blinked and missed it…accumulations yesterday were a trace to 3” in the Ogden area mountains, with the rain/snow line around 7,000’. Temperatures have been dropping steadily overnight, and are in the teens along the high ridge lines, and in the twenties at the low to mid elevations. Winds are currently averaging 5 mph even on the highest peaks. Overnight speeds were briefly as high as 25 mph, from a westerly direction.

While the hard snow surfaces make for fast travel, they are icy enough to make travel dangerous on steep slopes, with potentially knee twisting breakable crusts mixed in.

There's the surface crust - breakable in places. Primrose Cirque, Provo area mountains, Tyler Falk photo.

recent activity

No avalanche activity reported from yesterday.

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

Wind slabs: hard, shallow wind drifts may be scattered along the high ridge lines this morning, created by the overnight northwesterly winds. It is a matter of terrain – if one cracks out beneath you on a steep slope, knocking you off balance, it’s possible to go for a long ride down an icy slope or get sent over a cliff.

Cornices: The huge cornices can still fail with the additional weight of a person. Stay well back from their edges, and avoid travel below them.

Slide for life: If you plan to travel in steep, icy terrain, have a way to prevent a slide for life from happening. Whippets, mountaineering axe, crampons and/or using a rope to belay are safety measures that can help prevent an accident.


Northern Utah is sandwiched between storms to the north and south today, producing partly to mostly cloudy skies, with a few snow flurries possible. As cold air filters in, ridge line temperatures will cool into to the mid to low teens today and down near 10 degrees by tomorrow morning. Expect the winds to shift to the northwest and increase slightly, with 10 to 15 mph averages, and the highest peaks averaging 30 mph, with gusts to 40 mph, at times.

A similar cool, partly cloudy day tomorrow will be followed by a warming trend on Wednesday and Thursday. Friday, expect increasing winds ahead of a cold storm projected for the weekend.

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