New snow brings high avalanche danger

Snowmobile triggered small slide in Boss Canyon, in Franklin Basin, Apr. 25, 2020 (Courtesy Utah Avalanche Center)

LOGAN – Toby Weed of the Utah Avalanche Center is once again warning the public to be cautious while recreating out in the backcountry in the Logan Ranger District due to recent snow causing high avalanche danger.

“Heavy snow and drifting overloaded slopes with widespread buried persistent weak layers have created very dangerous avalanche conditions in the backcountry,” he said in his report Wednesday. “High avalanche danger exists at all elevation, with both dangerous human triggered and large and long running avalanches likely.”

Backcountry recreators should stay off of and out from under backcountry slopes steeper than 30 degrees. They should also avoid travel in avalanche terrain and stay clear of avalanche run-out zones.

Reports indicate there were no deaths from avalanches in 2022, but seven people lost their lives in 2021 due to the disastrous snow slides.

Besides Logan, Ogden, the Uintas, Salt Lake and Provo are also experiencing danger ratings.

In the beehive state avalanche danger stretches from January until April the part of the season with the heaviest snow accumulation.

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