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Latest storm brings increased risk for avalanches

Dec 14, 2021, 4:25 PM
(Utah Avalanche Center)...
(Utah Avalanche Center)
(Utah Avalanche Center)

SALT LAKE CITY – As another storm approached Utah avalanche experts warned of an increased risk of slides in backcountry areas. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning that is expected to bring up to five inches on valley floors and as much as eight inches on the benches. 

“We’ve got to remember that traumatic injury is going to be a big concern, especially if we trigger an avalanche right now,” said Craig Gordon with the Utah Avalanche Center. “It’s going to break deep, it’s going to break wide, it’s going to be totally unmanageable. It’s going to quickly get out of hand.” 

Gordon recommended if you’re planning to ski in Utah’s backcountry to get the latest avalanche forecast for that area first and to arm yourself with all the proper safety gear. 

 

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