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Heavy snow falls around northern Utah, prevents transportation

Jan 2, 2023, 9:00 AM | Updated: Jan 16, 2023, 3:55 pm

A University of Utah professor says that Little Cottonwood Canyon is the most prone canyon in the w...

Little Cottonwood Canyon has the highest uncontrolled avalanche hazard index of any major road in the world, according to a University of Utah professor. The professor joined Dave & Dujnaovic on Wednesday to discuss the dangers the canyon presents. Photo: (Elizabeth Weiler/ KSL NewsRadio)

(Elizabeth Weiler/ KSL NewsRadio)

SALT LAKE CITY — A new year comes with several inches of new snow and more avalanche danger. 

Yesterday and today Little Cottonwood Canyon saw closures prohibiting traffic to pass through either direction. UDOT Cottonwood said avalanche mitigation is still underway. 

Areas that already have high risk of avalanches are being set off by UDOT. Crews are using explosives and artillery to trigger avalanches that would normally affect public roads. 

Utah’s ski resorts saw a few feet of new snow.

Alta and Snowbird ski resorts are currently experiencing inter-lodge. Meaning no one can get in our out of the resort. Yesterday the resorts were closed all-together, today, only those staying at the base can enjoy the slopes. This is due to heavy snow creating avalanche danger.

Further, City Creek Canyon will be closed to the public until further notice due to the snow. 

 

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