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Snow covers the trees along the Bird Song Trail in Ogden on Monday, Feb. 19, 2018. Several inches of snow fell in the valleys around Northern Utah on Sunday night and Monday morning.

If you’re planning a backcountry trip this weekend, remember to check the avalanche forecast before you head out. Windy, wet weather will create unusual avalanche conditions in the Wasatch Mountains. 

As of Thursday afternoon, avalanche danger is “considerable” in the mountains around Ogden, but is expected to rise to “high” overnight, according to the Utah Avalanche Center

“Expected heavy rain at low and mid elevations, along with strong winds and dense, heavy snow at the upper elevations, will overload weak layers in the snowpack,” the center said in a news release. “Unusually long-running wet avalanches are possible, even down to low-elevation dry or snow-packed trails. Be aware of terrain above you.”

Powder Mountain Resort was closed all day Thursday because of increased avalanche danger, while Snowbasin Resort shut down several runs and lifts due to high winds. 

A winter weather advisory has been issued for the Wasatch Mountains until noon Friday, March 23, according to the National Weather Service of Salt Lake City. Expect to see between 3-8 inches of snow accumulate above 7,000 feet, with locally higher amounts possible.

South winds gusting more than 50 mph will continue into the evening, the NWS said. 

Rain is expected to continue to fall in Northern Utah throughout the weekend, eventually turning to snow in the valleys by Sunday, according to the NWS forecast. 

For up-to-date avalanche information across the state, visit utahavalanchecenter.org.

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