OUTDOORS + RECREATION

Avalanche risk is high in northern mountains of Utah

Dec 27, 2022, 9:30 PM

A snowy mountain with trees is pictured, avalanche risk is measured often this time of year...

Avalanche forecasters in Utah work with the National Weather Service to determine avalanche risk each day. The Utah Avalance Center says the mountains of northern Utah are currently high risk for an avalanche. Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

LOGAN, Utah — Avalanche risk is high in the mountains of northern Utah, according to the Utah Avalanche Center.

Dave Kelly, a forecaster with the Utah Avalanche Center, told KSL NewsRadio of the risk people face. He says it’s a little unusual due to the terrain, mixed with the high elevation snow and the low elevation rain.

“And so, people that are fishing on the Logan River stand the chance of running into places where they could be underneath an avalanche path because of high rain line,” Kelly said. 
 
Kelly says the storms coming to Utah this week will make for ideal avalanche conditions in the backcountry. 
 
“We have a weak snowpack, so we have a persistent weak layer,” Kelly said. “Which is sugary, faceted snow that’s buried underneath last week’s storm. That has the potential to become overloaded by the series of storms that are starting right now.”
 
From Ogden to Provo, the risk of an avalanche is slightly smaller. However, the chances are still considerable. 
 
The Utah Avalanche Center advises anyone who travels into the backcountry to avoid any slopes that are 30 degrees or steeper altogether. 
 
For the latest on avalanche conditions around Utah, click here
 
Mark Jones contributed to this article.
 
Related reading:

 

 

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Outdoors + Recreation

The rescue of an injured hiker at Lisa Falls...

Kyle Remund

Search and Rescue pulls hiker from Lisa Falls

On Friday, search and rescue teams came to the aid of a hiker who had fallen at Lisa Falls in Little Cottonwood Canyon.

9 hours ago

Officials urge parents to follow Utah's regulations on the use of e-bikes, scooters and ATVs....

Carlysle Price, KSL TV

Officials urge parents to follow e-bike regulations

Police are reminding the public on regulations issued around e-bikes due to concerns surrounding kids with e-bikes, ATV's and golf carts.

12 hours ago

The KSL Greenhouse show talked about plants that grow well in Utah's heat this weakened....

Taun Beddes, KSL Greenhouse show

KSL Greenhouse: Plants that bloom in Utah’s heat

Most people shop for their Utah garden flowers in the spring, which might not bloom well in summer. So, what flowers bloom in the summer?

13 hours ago

tomatoes and curly top disease...

Michelle Lee

What is curly top disease and how do you identify it?

Are your tomatoes struggling this year? It may be because of a disease called curly top. If you’re not sure, here are some tips on how to identify it.

2 days ago

Image of Temple Mountain found on BLM land within Emery County, Utah. (Mike Coronella)...

Aimee Cobabe

Utah files lawsuit over BLM Public Lands Rule

In the lawsuit, Utah accuses the BLM of taking a "museum-like" approach to the state's public lands.

2 days ago

The front of the Holladay Lions salt lake county recreation center...

Allessandra Harris Gurr

The hidden cost of recreation centers

A new report shows that several recreation centers in Utah operate at a deficit in the millions. Part of covering that gap comes via taxes.

4 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Underwater shot of the fisherman holding the fish...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Your Bear Lake fishing guide

Bear Lake offers year-round fishing opportunities. By preparing ahead of time, you might go home with a big catch!

A group of people cut a purple ribbon...

Comcast

Comcast announces major fiber network expansion in Utah

Comcast's commitment to delivering extensive coverage signifies a monumental leap toward a digitally empowered future for Utahns.

a doctor putting her hand on the chest of her patient...

Intermountain Health

Intermountain nurse-midwives launch new gynecology access clinic

An access clinic launched by Intermountain nurse-midwives provides women with comprehensive gynecology care.

Young couple hugging while a realtor in a suit hands them keys in a new home...

Utah Association of Realtors

Buying a home this spring? Avoid these 5 costly pitfalls

By avoiding these pitfalls when buying a home this spring, you can ensure your investment will be long-lasting and secure.

a person dressed up as a nordic viking in a dragon boat resembling the bear lake monster...

Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

The Legend of the Bear Lake Monster

The Bear Lake monster has captivated people in the region for centuries, with tales that range from the believable to the bizarre.

...

Live Nation Concerts

All the artists coming to Utah First Credit Union Amphitheatre (formerly USANA Amp) this summer

Summer concerts are more than just entertainment; they’re a celebration of life, love, and connection.

Avalanche risk is high in northern mountains of Utah