Avalanche Warning Issued For Wasatch Mountains | AVY DANGER HIGH!

Avalanche Warning Issued For Wasatch Mountains | AVY DANGER HIGH!

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Avalanche Warning Issued For Wasatch Mountains | AVY DANGER HIGH!

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Hoyt Peak Avalanche | Photo Credit: Utah Avalanche Center

The Utah Avalanche Center in conjunction with NOAA have placed an Avalanche Warning in effect through today and ending tomorrow at 6am MST. 

An avalanche warning has been issued for all the mountains of northern Utah, including the western Uintas.   Strong winds and heavy snowfall have created a HIGH avalanche danger.  Both natural and human triggered avalanches are likely. Backcountry travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. – UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER

The warning comes after 50″ fell in some areas of the Wasatch, giving skiers and riders a taste of “The Greatest Snow On Earth” for the first time this season. However with all the pow comes the inherent dangers that come with traveling in the backcountry after a significant loading event.

Remember: Although the warning will end tomorrow, that does not mean avalanche danger subsides all of a sudden. Evaluate terrain carefully and make conservative choices while traveling in the backcountry this week. 

A Complex Utah Snowpack | Photo Credit: Utah Avalanche Center

A Complex Utah Snowpack | Photo Credit: Utah Avalanche Center

NOAA AVALANCHE WARNING

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST
SERVICE UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER.
THE FOREST SERVICE UTAH AVALANCHE CENTER IN LOGAN HAS ISSUED A
BACKCOUNTRY AVALANCHE WARNING.

* TIMING…THROUGH 600 AM MST FRIDAY.

* AFFECTED AREA…IN THE WASATCH MOUNTAINS IN SOUTHEAST IDAHO.

* AVALANCHE DANGER…HIGH WITH NATURAL AVALANCHES OCCURRING.

* REASON…RECENT SNOWFALL COMBINED WITH STRONG WINDS HAVE CREATED
A HIGH AVALANCHE DANGER. TRAVEL IN AVALANCHE TERRAIN IS NOT
RECOMMENDED. STAY OFF OF AND OUT FROM UNDER SLOPES STEEPER THAN
30 DEGREES.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…
BACKCOUNTRY TRAVELERS SHOULD STAY OFF OF…AND OUT FROM
UNDERNEATH…SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES. AVALANCHES MAY RUN
LONG DISTANCES AND CAN RUN INTO MATURE FORESTS. CHOOSE
CONSERVATIVE TERRAIN.

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