Avalanche Advisory
Advisory: Ogden Area Mountains Issued by Drew Hardesty for Wednesday - April 11, 2018 - 7:06am
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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 issue updates for the Salt Lake zone with every snowfall through the rest of April.

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current conditions

Skies are mostly cloudy trending clear. Winds are west northwest blowing 10-15mph wih gusts to 30. Mountain temperatures are in the upper 30s to low 40s. The mountains may have picked up a trace of snow from a fast moving storm passing by to the norh overnight.

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.

Avalanche Problem 1
type aspect/elevation characteristics
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.


Skies are mostly-trending partly cloudy with now west to northwesterly winds blowing 10-15mph. Mountain temps will rise to the low 50s at the mid-elevations and near 40 along the high ridgelines. We'll have just a window of fair weather before we see increasing southwest winds and high level clouds racing ahead of tomorrow's cold Pacific storm. Frontal passage looks to be during the morning commute and orographically favored areas by a northwest flow may see 6-12" by Friday. Moderate to strong post-frontal north to northwest winds are expected at this time. High pressure builds for the weekend with another storm on tap for Monday.

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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.