SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Avalanche Center has a dire warning Tuesday for skiers, showshoers, snowmobilers, runners and others who use Utah's mountains for recreation: stay away.
"Anybody going into the mountains today should avoid being near or under any steep slope - this includes skiing, snowshoeing, running, sledding, dog walking, etc.," a tweet from UAC says.
On Tuesday, UAC listed "Extreme" avalanche danger—the highest level possible—for the Salt Lake and Uintas Mountain areas. The Logan, Ogden, Provo, Skyline and Southwest Mountain Areas have "High" avalanche danger. The Moab and Abajos Mountain Areas have moderate avalanche danger.
During the first week of February, 15 people died in avalanches in the United States, including four in Utah. Two others have been killed in Utah avalanches so far this winter season. All six people who've died in Utah avalanches this season were skiers.
Visit the Utah Avalanche Center's website for details on avalanche conditions, past avalanches and avalanche safety.