Avalanche danger remains high for area mountains

A sizable remote triggered avalanche from Sunday in the backcountry above Logan Canyon. (Syrstad, 12-20-15)

Avalanche danger is severe right now and Toby Weed of the Utah Avalanche Center is telling everyone not to go into the backcountry today and at least for the next couple of days.

Weed says heavy snow and strong winds have increased the danger, making large natural and human-triggered avalanches likely.

The avalanche forecaster’s warning was for all of the mountains of Northern Utah and Southeast Idaho, including the Wasatch Range, the Bear River Range and the Western Uintas.

Weed says it is important to stay off and out from under steep drifted slopes and obvious avalanche paths. Already some people who are experienced in the backcountry have been caught in avalanches in the area (see video).

For questions about avalanche safety and what areas to avoid, call (801) 524-5304.

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