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Utah avalanche danger at high to extreme

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) Avalanche conditions will be high to extreme Saturday, according to the Utah Avalanche Center.

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 - Utah) Avalanche conditions will be high to extreme Saturday, according to the Utah Avalanche Center.

Snowpack does not handle big changes in the weather like Utah has been experiencing.

The UAC said there is pre-existing weak snowpack. With warmer temperatures, rain, and gusty winds the avalanche danger is extremely high.

The UAC has seen several massive natural-caused avalanches.

“We're having avalanches breaking all the way to the ground,” said Evelyn Lees, a backcountry forecaster with the Utah Avalanche Center. “That's a scary thing because those avalanches are probably unsurvivalble in most cases.”

Lees said the avalanche danger is not just for the high, steep slopes.

“I think that's what's making it tricky for some people,” said Lees. “Having a high avalanche danger not just at the high elevations, but the mid and lower elevations and all the way around the compass – it’s not just north facing slopes.”

Visit www.UtahAvalancheCenter.org for current conditions and avalanche forecasts throughout Utah’s mountains.

The following Avalanche Watch has been issued by the National Weather Service in Salt Lake City:

“AVALANCHE WATCH UPGRADED TO WARNING.

THIS AVALANCHE WARNING HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR THE OGDEN...SALT
LAKE...PARK CITY...AND PROVO AREA MOUNTAINS. THE AVALANCHE WATCH
FOR THESE SAME AREAS IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT. DANGEROUS AVALANCHE
CONDITIONS EXIST ON MOST ASPECTS AND ELEVATIONS.

AN AVALANCHE WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FOR THE LOGAN AREA
MOUNTAINS...THE MOUNTAINS OF SOUTHEASTERN IDAHO...THE WESTERN
UINTAS...AND THE MANTI-SKYLINE SOUTH TO INTERSTATE 70. DANGEROUS
AVALANCHE CONDITIONS EXIST ON ALL ASPECTS AND ELEVATIONS.

THOSE WITHOUT EXPERT LEVEL AVALANCHE SKILLS SHOULD AVOID
BACKCOUNTRY TRAVEL. AVOID BEING ON OR BENEATH STEEP TERRAIN...AS
AVALANCHES MAY BE TRIGGERED FROM BELOW.
 
THIS WARNING DOES NOT INCLUDE SKI AREAS OR HIGHWAYS WHERE
AVALANCHE CONTROL IS NORMALLY DONE.”
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