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Avalanche Dangers Considerable, High After Weekend Storms

Feb 4, 2019, 9:03 AM

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – With the additional snow and rain that’s fallen across the state, the risk of avalanches has increased.

Over the weekend, several small avalanches were triggered in Utah’s backcountry, including two in Big Cottonwood Canyon. The dangers continued into Monday.

The Utah Avalanche Center issued high dangers for backcountry areas in Logan, the Uintas, Provo and Abajos. There is considerable danger for Ogden, Salt Lake, Skyline and Moab backcountry areas.

Avalanche forecaster Craig Gordon urged those who plan on going to any backcountry area to check the forecast at utahavalanchecenter.org and take experienced partners with them.

“Human-triggered avalanches are likely, and natural avalanches are likely, as well,” he said.

Those traveling in areas where there are avalanche risks are encouraged to bring shovels, avalanche beacons and probes.

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