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Avalanche center warns of moderate danger as temps rise

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Posted at 12:02 PM, Jan 06, 2015
and last updated 2015-01-06 14:02:01-05

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Avalanche Center has issued moderate danger advisories for parts of Utah as midday temperatures rise.

The advisories were issued for areas around Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake, Provo, Moab and the Uintas.

“We’re experiencing a fairly rapid warming and, generally, when we see the cold snow go through this rapid change into a warmer state, it can become unstable and cause avalanche danger out there,” said Brett Kobernik, Utah Avalanche Center.

Skiers and snowboarders are advised to plan their routes to avoid “terrain traps” and areas below steep slopes, but the advisories also extend to people near buildings, particularly in higher elevations.

“Don’t linger under the eves of roofs that are holding a substantial amount of snow,” the advisories state.

To check avalanche danger in your area, visit: http://utahavalanchecenter.org