UTAH (ABC4) – Avalanche danger in Utah remains high for many of our mountain ranges due to recent heavy snowfall. This latest storm, while not the most impactful for higher elevations, still deposited a significant amount of snow overnight as well as stronger winds that left many north-facing slopes at risk. “considerable” avalanche for slopes greater than 8,000 feet. For our lower slopes and slopes that do not face north, our avalanche hazard remains at “moderate”.
The Utah Avalanche Center warns that avalanches one to two feet deep can be triggered due to a persistent weak layer. These avalanches can also be triggered remotely, meaning anyone heading into the backcountry should take extra precautions. This low layer of our snowpack was caused by the prolonged dry spell we have been experiencing over the past few weeks, and now we are beginning to see the dangers associated with it.
According to the UAC website, 5 avalanches have been reported. You can read more about them here.
While the forecast was released for Sunday, the danger will still be there on Monday as well. Backcountry recreators will need to be careful when riding on northern slopes and even other sheltered slopes. Always be sure to check the forecast on the UAC website before hitting the slopes.
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For more on the Utah Avalanche Center, updated daily at 7 a.m., click here.