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Little Cottonwood Canyon still closed for avalanche control

Feb 16, 2021, 9:42 AM | Updated: 10:34 am
The Utah Department of Transportation has closed state Route 210 through Little Cottonwood Canyon f...
The Utah Department of Transportation has closed state Route 210 through Little Cottonwood Canyon for avalanche control. (PHOTO: KSL-TV)
(PHOTO: KSL-TV)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — The Utah Department of Transportation said SR-210 through Little Cottonwood Canyon will remain closed for the rest of Tuesday.

 

Avalanche control forces road closures

According to officials, there are approximately 27 avalanche chutes through Little Cottonwood Canyon for natural avalanches to break down which makes it a dangerous and likely spot for avalanches. 

Additionally, SR-190 is closed to uphill traffic as UDOT conducts avalanche mitigation.

Traction laws are also in effect for drivers on I-80 through Parleys Canyon.

Let it snow

Some mountain areas could get up to 2 feet of new snow when the storm is finished. Current avalanche danger is high for nearly all of Utah’s mountains.

“Heads up. It’s game on and this is the real deal,” according to the Utah Avalanche Center. “Avalanche conditions are dangers and you must avoid avalanche terrain.”

According to their forecast, “both human triggered and natural avalanches are certain.”

“Make no mistake because your life depends on it,” says Craig Gordon with the Utah Avalanche Center. “These are tree-snapping, bone-crushing avalanches.”

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Little Cottonwood Canyon still closed for avalanche control