Unseasonably warm temperatures and a wet weekend forecast have triggered avalanche warnings for northern and eastern Utah's mountains.
The Utah Avalanche Center on Thursday elevated its risk ratings for potential deadly snow slides to "red," or high for the slopes near Logan, Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo and into the western Uintas. Southeastern Utah's Moab-area mountains, meanwhile, earned an "orange," or considerable avalanche risk grade.
Indeed, an avalanche early Thursday morning closed Little Cottonwood Canyon east of Salt Lake City, but no injuries or property damage were reported. Crews worked through the night to clear the slide, which occurred near Alta. The road had reopened by 9:30 a.m. Thursday to four-wheel drive or tire-chained vehicles, according to the Utah Department of Transportation.