High winds contribute to avalanche danger

Tuesday’s hurricane-force winds caused power outages and toppled semitrailers in Northern Utah and locally it was believed there was also avalanche danger. Not only in Cache County but in Davis and Weber counties as well.

On KVNU’s For the People program Tuesday, Avalanche Forecaster Toby Weed said that may have been over-forecast.

“But it did form some drifts in areas and down low in elevations where you might walk your dog or head out for a walk along the river, or something,” Weed explained. “People across the Wasatch Front in some areas have triggered these small, wind-slab avalanches which could be pretty dangerous if they pile up on a flat sidewalk or something.”

Weed said with such strong winds at lower elevations avalanches are possible in areas where they normally would not hit.

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