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Storm to bring high avalanche danger

Feb 7, 2024, 11:00 AM

Snow is this week's forecast will increase avalanche danger in Utah. Craig Gordon told KSL NewsRadi...

Doug Chabot with the Gallatin National Forest Avalanche Center ascends Henderson Mountain in the Beartooth Mountains, Jan 29, 2024 near Cooke City, Mont. Chabot was climbing to the site of a recent avalanche. (AP Photo/Matthew Brown)
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(AP Photo/Matthew Brown)

SALT LAKE CITY — There’s currently an unstable layer of snow in our mountains. A storm on the way will bring conditions increasing avalanche danger. 

Avalanche Center Forecaster Craig Gordon told KSL NewsRadio the wind and wet layer of snow predicted in this week’s storm is a one-two punch that creates high avalanche danger.

“Dense heavy snow coupled with strong winds and that’s going to start to overload some pre-existing weak layers,” he said. 

Furthermore, Gordon said the highest danger could happen this afternoon and throughout the night. 

“During the day on Wednesday through Wednesday night, human-triggered and natural avalanches are going to be likely,” Gordon said. 

He also provided tips for backcountry skiers. 

“Check for the local forecast of the zone you plan to ride in…and then also be prepared for your own self-rescue,” said Gordon.  

Stay up-to-date with current conditions by visiting the Utah Avalanche Center webpage

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Storm to bring high avalanche danger