Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Tuesday - April 4, 2017 - 6:44am
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The avalanche danger is LOW today, though small avalanches can still be triggered in isolated terrain.

  • Avoid any new or old wind drifts on steep slopes at the upper elevations. Even a small wind slab cracking out beneath you can send you for a ride.
  • 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

Skies are partly to mostly cloudy in the Ogden area mountains this morning, as the remains of a storm clip northern Utah. No snow involved, but definitely the coldest temperatures we’ve seen in a while. This morning, it’s in the teens at most mid and upper elevation stations, and in the low 20s at the trail heads. The winds have been dramatically decreasing over the past few hours, with most stations averaging less than 15 mph. Overnight, the west to northwesterly winds did average 15 to 20 mph.

The solid overnight refreeze will be slow to soften today, but the best chance is on steeper south and westerly facing slopes if the sun comes out where you are. The icy hard snow surfaces will make for fast travel, but are slick

recent activity

No avalanche activity reported from yesterday.

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

Wind slabs: hard or soft shallow wind drifts may be scattered along the high ridge lines, created by several days of west to 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, ski or boot crampons and/or using a rope to belay are safety measures that can help prevent an accident.


Partly cloudy skies this morning may give way to more sun this afternoon. Temperatures, however, will remain cold, warming only into the low 30s at 8,000’ and the upper teens along the high ridge lines. The northwesterly winds are forecast to remain light, averaging 5 - 10 mph, with speeds across the highest peaks possibly bumping back up into the 15 to 25 mph range.

Several days of warm, sunny weather will return tomorrow as a ridge of high pressure moves over the state, accompanied by a huge temperature jump. Temperatures will soar into the low 30s at the upper elevations on Wednesday and the upper 30s on Thursday. Friday will be warm and very windy, followed by a series of colder storms Saturday into next week, with a nice refresh of new snow.

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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