Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Evelyn Lees for Tuesday - April 10, 2018 - 7:00am
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The avalanche danger is generally LOW, but small avalanches can still be triggered in isolated areas or extreme terrain. So use normal caution. With a hot day in store, watch for heating of the snow - it may become possible to trigger wet loose sluffs when the snow becomes wet and sloppy or punchy. Also look for and avoid any small wind drifts along the highest ridge lines.

With hard bed surfaces, slide for life's are possible, especially early in the day, and even a very small sluff or wind drift at the upper elevations could knock you off your feet.

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The last regular early morning forecast will be Sunday, April 17th. We will then do intermittent forecast through May 29th.

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current conditions

Skies are mostly clear, and temperatures are warm – in the thirties at almost all elevations. The winds have shifted to the southwest and are light, averaging 5 to10 mph at the mid elevations, and 15 to 25 mph on the highest peaks. Most slopes will be firm this morning, with reports of excellent spring skiing as they soften into corn.

Sadly, the trails heads in the Ogden area mountains melted out long ago. It was a tough winter for low elevations snow.

recent activity

No new avalanche activity reported from the Ogden area mountains, no new backcountry observations.

Avalanche Problem 1
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over the next 24 hours

Mountain travel always has risks. Slide for life conditions exist on the hard, icy slopes early in the day.

Wet loose sluffs may be triggered on steep slopes as the day heats up - once the snow get wet, sloppy or punchy where you are, it's time to head to a cooler aspect or lower angle slopes.

Wind slabs: there may be a few wind drifts along the highest ridge lines.

Wet slabs and glide avalanches probably occurred during the rain on Saturday. The issue and the weak layers are not gone, rather they are currently dormant and avalanching on these deeper weak layers is unlikely today. If the frozen crust becomes punchy where you are, with wet snow beneath, it's time to move off steep slopes.


Another beautiful morning, though the day will rapidly get too hot. Clear skies this morning, with high thin clouds moving in this afternoon. Temperatures will warm to near 60°F at 8,000’ and into the 40s along the highest ridge lines. The southwesterly winds will average 5 to 15 mph at the mid elevations, and up to 35 mph at the upper elevations (like Mount Ogden) this afternoon. A quick moving cold front may drop a trace to an inch of snow overnight, with a more significant storm system expected Thursday into Friday, with much colder temperatures and potentially heavy snowfall. Could be a great way to end the season.

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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.