Avalanche danger high in parts of Utah

Posted at 4:19 PM, Dec 25, 2012
and last updated 2012-12-26 20:24:46-05

SALT LAKE CITY - The National Weather Service has issued an avalanche warning for parts of central and northern Utah.

The biggest area of concern is the Skyline in central Utah. The Utah Avalanche Center calls the Logan area and Uintas an area of "considerable" danger, meaning only experts should head out to the backcountry, and only if necessary.

Even if an area looks safe, it can still be extremely dangerous.

"The snow pack structure right now leads to deceptively tricky conditions and people heading into the mountains right now can trigger avalanches from a distance and on relatively low angle terrain," said Craig Gordon, Forest Service, Utah Avalanche Center.

So far, there are no warnings concerning the resorts. The warnings are just for the backcountry, however as the snow continues, conditions can change quickly.

The weather service says avalanches can be triggered from above or below and they recommend against traveling on steep terrain.

Link: Utah Avalanche Center Advisories