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Avalanche Danger Considerable Or High Across Wasatch Front

New snow has brought a high avalanche risk to Utah mountains.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Officials with the Utah Avalanche Center are warning backcountry visitors of dangerous avalanche conditions across the Wasatch Front.

UAC forecasters said the danger will be highest at upper elevations and outlying areas, especially in the Bear River Range and Western Uinta Mountains this holiday weekend.

Considerable danger was forecasted for the Ogden, Salt Lake, Provo and Uintas areas.

Central and southeastern Utah saw moderate danger conditions in their forecasts.

Officials reminded backcountry visitors to always check the avalanche forecast and take additional safety steps, including:

  • Evaluate snow and terrain carefully. Use caution while route finding, and make
    conservative decisions.
  • Check everyone in your group for operational avalanche rescue gear and be sure
    everyone knows how to use it.
  • Cross steep slopes one person at a time, while the rest of your party watches from a
    safe place.

Forecasters said backcountry visitors should find great powder snow and nice weather, but added they should keep their guard up with dangerous conditions.