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Special avalanche warning extended with new storm

Published December 22, 2008 7:51 am

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The Utah Avalanche Center is continuing its special avalanche advisory for the mountains of Utah as a large storm moves into the state.

Center director Bruce Tremper issued a "mostly considerable" avalanche danger Monday morning, but says the danger will quickly rise to high as new snow accumulates and wind helps load an already "very fragile, buried weak layer."

Tremper says all backcountry users should avoid slopes steeper than 30 degrees with recent deposits of wind drifted snow and avoid all slopes above 8,500 feet that face the west, north and east.

Tremper expects today's storm to leave as much as a foot and half of new snow in the mountains of northern Utah by Tuesday morning.

He noted on the daily avalanche advisory that "we miraculously made it through the weekend without an avalanche fatality" and attributed that to backcountry visitors being cautious on steep terrain.