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High avalanche danger prompts warnings across Utah

First Published Feb 16 2014 10:44AM      Last Updated Feb 16 2014 10:44 am

(Scott Sommerdorf | The Salt Lake Tribune) Ice skaters enjoy the mild temperatures at the Midway ice skating rink which is adjacent to the Midway Ice Castle that may have to be demolished soon due to the recent warm weather, Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014.

An avalanche warning was in place Sunday across the mountain ranges of northern and central Utah as the state’s next storm system was expect to pass through.

In northern Utah, a 80 percent chance of rain and snow existed Sunday, even though temperatures were expected to peak at a balmy 56.

Little snow accumulation was expected in the valleys.

The biggest threat Sunday was expected to be extreme avalanche danger.

Backcountry travelers were being warned to avoid slopes steeper than 30 degrees and avalanche runoff areas.

The warning did not include ski areas or highways were avalanche control is routinely performed.



The Utah Avalanche Center rated all the ranges at a "high" avalanche danger, except for Moab’s. (Its danger was rated at "considerable.")

For more information visit the Tribune’s weather page at www.sltrib.com/weather.

jstecklein@sltrib.com

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