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Utah forecast: Avalanche danger high, and more snow on the way

First Published Feb 17 2014 07:23 am • Last Updated Feb 17 2014 10:07 pm

Avalanche danger remains elevated throughout the northern and central mountains of Utah due to recent heavy snows, and more snow is on the way later this week.

The Utah Avalanche Center issued a Backcountry Avalanche Warning on Monday, noting that the risks for large, potentially deadly snowslides, both natural and human-triggered, were especially serious on slopes steeper than 30 degrees.

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The mountains above Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City and Provo, as well as the Skyline district and the Uintas, all earned "high" avalanche risk grades. The risk was rated at "considerable" in southeastern Utah’s Moab-area mountains.

The Utah Division of Air Quality graded breathability for all areas of the state as "green," or healthy, through Tuesday.

Tuesday’s forecast for the Wasatch Front called for breezes less than 10 mph, partly cloudy and dry skies and high temperatures in the low 50s on Tuesday, echoing predictions for Monday’s weather. However, Wednesday was expected to see the return of rain in the valleys and snow in the mountains.

Southern Utahns looked for spring-like highs in the mid-60s Tuesday under partly cloudy skies, pretty much the same forecast as Utah’s Dixie enjoyed for Monday.

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


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