North Ogden Divide avalanche

An avalanche blocked travel on the North Ogden Divide on Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. 

LIBERTY — A series of small avalanches has shut down the North Ogden Divide until at least Tuesday.

At 1:30 p.m. Sunday, an avalanche occurred on the mountain roadway on the Liberty side near Chicken Creek, Weber County said in a news release.

In total, three small avalanches occurred in the area, the Weber County Sheriff’s Office later reported.

No one was injured, but one car did get stuck between two avalanches and had to be removed.

Officials estimate that the avalanches left compacted snow and debris five feet deep across the road, Weber County said.

Access to Nordic Valley via the North Ogden Divide will be blocked while crews remove debris and clear the roadway. The county estimates the road should be open by Tuesday.

Drivers should use Ogden Canyon as an alternative route to the valley.

Avalanche danger is considerable in the Wasatch Mountains as a winter storm rolls through the area. The National Weather Service of Salt Lake City has issued a backcountry avalanche warning until 6 a.m. Monday and advises that anyone in the backcountry avoid slopes steeper than 30 degrees.

The Wasatch Mountains are also under a winter storm warning until 9 p.m. Monday. The mountains could see additional snow accumulation of 7 to 15 inches and snowfall rates may exceed 2 inches per hour on Monday, the NWS advisory said. Winds will gust up to 55 mph.

In the valleys, Weber, Davis and Box Elder counties will be under a winter weather advisory until 2 p.m. Monday. Total snow accumulation is expected to range between 1 to 4 inches and winds could gust as high as 45 mph.

“Plan on slippery road conditions, and areas of poor visibility in blowing snow. Travel may be difficult at times during the morning commute Monday,” the NWS advised.

Reach city editor Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or jkokesh@standard.net. You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh.

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