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Utah Travel Headlines Blog

Monday, February 04, 2008

Massive Snowfall Creates High Avalanche Danger

A massive winter storm dumped heavy snow on northern Utah over the weekend. It caused some power outages and road closures, but crews rapidly mitigated damage and no serious problems are been reported. You can monitor road conditions here.

The heavy snow has heightened avalanche danger on steep mountain slopes. The Utah Avalanche Forecast Center reports considerable danger in mountain areas through northern, central and NE Utah, and very high danger in the La Sal Mountains near Moab. Monitor the forecast center's website for the latest details.

Avalanche control work is performed on slopes above major highways and at developed ski resorts, so danger is low in those areas. Skiers, snowmobilers and others going into backcountry areas face considerable danger. They need to use extreme caution and carry emergency equipment.

Deep new powder is available at all of our ski resorts. Powder Mountain reports 31 inches of new snow during the past 24 hours, and 39 inches over the past 48 hours.

Alta reports 27 inches of new snow. Alta now has a mid-mountain base of 152 inches - the most of any Utah resort.

See our snow report for more numbers.

More snow could fall over parts of Utah today, and we could get another storm Wednesday.

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