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Frost, ice and a light dusting of snow cover Powder Mountain on Friday morning, Oct. 30, 2015. Snow began covering the highest points in the Wasatch Peaks as storms moved through the region.

SALT LAKE CITY — Snow is on the way for the Wasatch Mountains this week, bringing increased avalanche danger along with it. 

A winter weather advisory is in effect until 10 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 10, in the mountains, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City. Between 8 to 14 inches of snow is expected, with higher amounts on southwest slopes above 9,000 feet. 

The snow level will hover around 8,000 feet Tuesday and will fall to valley level on Wednesday, the weather service said.

Travelers in the mountains should plan on slippery or snow packed road conditions, as well as reduced visibilities. 

Less than half of inch of snow is expected to accumulate in Ogden, according to the weather service’s forecast.

An avalanche watch has also been issued for the Wasatch backcountry until 6 a.m. Wednesday.

The Utah Avalanche Center said it’s expecting dangerous avalanche conditions throughout the week due to a “very shallow and very weak snowpack” that won’t be able to supported the forecasted amounts of new snow. 

“The human element will compound this problem. Many people are excited and have been eagerly awaiting fresh snow. Don’t let powder fever overtake good judgement, especially with dangerous avalanche conditions,” the center said in a news release. 

Avalanche danger is “considerable” in the mid and upper-elevations, the center said. 

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