High Potential for Avalanches along the Wasatch Front


LITTLE COTTONWOOD CANYON, Utah (ABC4 News) – The Utah Avalanche Center has issued an avalanche danger for the Wasatch Front. 

Little Cottonwood Canyon remains closed this morning after it was closed down yesterday evening for avalanche control.  

For most of yesterday crews were using explosives to trigger nearly 40 slides, 7 of them actually crossed the freeway.  The Utah Department of Transportation says these are the worst conditions they have seen in up there in quite some time.

“This is all about protecting the public, this is one of the most active areas for avalanches that’s near a public road so it’s critical work that our men and women are doing up there,” said UDOT spokesperson, John Gleason. 

Logan Canyon is also an area affected by avalanche dangers and remains closed with no word as to when it will open again.  

Big Cottonwood Canyon also has intermittent road closures between Butler Fork and Moss Ledge, Direct Awl and Rock House backcountry are closed from 6:00 a.m. to 7:45 a.m.

Powder Mountain is closed due to avalanche dangers as are the Western Uintas.  

For up-to-date advisories on avalanches you can visit the Utah Avalanche Center website

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