SALT LAKE CITY — Avalanche danger will be high in the Wasatch Mountains on Christmas Day as another storm threatens to bring several more inches of snow to Northern Utah.
An avalanche watch is in effect for mountains in the Ogden and Logan area until 6 a.m. Monday, Dec. 25, according to the Utah Avalanche Center. The current avalanche danger is “considerable” at upper level terrains, but the danger level is expected to rise within in the next 24 hours as more snow falls in the mountains.
Friday and Saturday’s snowstorm brought 17 inches of snow to Snowbasin Ski Resort, while Powder Mountain reported receiving 15 inches.
“Additional heavy snow combined with wind could create widespread areas of unstable snow,” the Utah Avalanche Center warns. “Both human triggered and natural avalanches will be come likely. Stay off of and out from under slopes steeper than 30 degrees.”
Today there is a CONSIDERABLE avalanche danger on all upper elevation steep terrain for wind slabs and persistent slab avalanches. These dangerous conditions require careful snowpack evaluation and cautious route finding and conservative decision-making skills. Make sure you get the full forecast from utahavalanchecenter.org Photo: Slab avalanche from yesterday that was remotely triggered (from a distance) that failed on weak sugary faceted snow. Be careful today.
Those traveling in the mountains should have avalanche rescue gear and check the avalanche forecast each day.
A winter weather advisory for much of Northern Utah — including Ogden, Bountiful, Huntsville, Logan and Smithfield — will go into effect from 6 p.m. Sunday to noon Monday, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City.
The valleys are expected to see between 2 to 5 inches of snow, while the mountains could see upwards of 6 to 12 inches, the NWS said.
Slippery winter road conditions are expected into Monday morning.