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Avalanche Danger To Rise With Incoming Winter Storm, Forecasters Say

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Avalanche danger around the Wasatch Front was considered low to end 2019 but forecasters with the Utah Avalanche Center said a winter storm on New Year’s Day is expected to raise backcountry avalanche danger levels across Utah.

“What’s going to happen is it’s going to be a little bit heavier snow with a lot of wind,” said UAC forecaster Trent Meisenheimer. “That’s going to put stronger snow on top of lighter snow and we’re definitely going to see avalanches as a result.”

Meisenheimer warned people will especially need to stay away from any slopes steeper than a 30% grade.

“You really don’t want to be on that slope or adjacent to it,” Meisenheimer said. “With the avalanche dangers on the rise, we’re going to need to dial it back a little bit. We need to give the snow time to adjust.”

Meisenheimer said sticking to the ski resorts would be a good way to stay safe over the next couple of days. As usual, he said people going into the backcountry should bring a shovel, beacon and a probe.


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