Largest avalanches yet close Logan Canyon again

UHP Sgt. Cade Brenchley telling a motorist that UDOT has closed Logan Canyon after two avalanches occurred near the Dugway.  

LOGAN — Logan Canyon, US-89 has been closed again after multiple avalanches and mud slides occurred Tuesday afternoon.

Utah Highway Patrol Sgt. Cade Brenchley said the first slide was reported by a UDOT snow plow driver just after 12:30 p.m.

“He actually called it in to dispatch and asked for a trooper to close the canyon at the mouth, due to an avalanche that occurred at the Dugway,” explained Brenchley. “He also contacted Rich County and requested a closure on their side.”

A second slide occurred an hour later in the same area.

A trooper is also being stationed near the Beaver Mountain Ski Resort to make sure skiers and boarders do not attempt to drive down through the avalanche area. They are instead, being detoured to Garden City and through Strawberry Canyon.

The resort has also cancelled skiing for Tuesday night.

Brenchley said UDOT officials are telling him, the canyon will likely remain closed through the night.

“It is the biggest avalanche they have had this year, according to one of the UDOT employees. It is also a matter that they’re worried about more avalanches, is what it boils down to right now.”

The Utah Avalanche Center has issued a warning, saying that heavy snowfall, rain and strong winds are creating areas of unstable snow at all elevations.

This is the third time this year UDOT has closed the canyon due to an avalanche or avalanche danger.

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