Avalanche danger is high in Cache Valley’s backcountry

Graphic from Utah Avalanche Center

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An avalanche advisory has been issued by the Utah Avalanche Center for the backcountry around Logan. The center says that dangerous avalanche conditions exist on many steep slopes for areas above 7,000 feet. Moderate avalanche danger exists for elevations between 5,000-7,000 feet. Avalanches are likely on drifted slopes.

Recent heavy snowfall and strong westerly winds have contributed to the high danger. According to the center, dangerous natural and human triggered avalanches are likely in these areas, especially on drifted slopes.

The center issued the warning Tuesday but with more snow today, and more in the forecast for the next two days, the danger remains high. Natural storm snow avalanches involving light new snow are likely in areas with significant new accumulations.

The center urges careful snowpack evaluation, cautious route-finding, and conservative decision making in the backcountry, and travel in avalanche terrain is not advised.

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