Utah's winter sports enthusiasts may have been praying for fresh snow storms. Now, they might be wise to light a candle to survive them.
Anticipating arrival Thursday of what was expected to be a series of storms extending through the weekend, the U.S. Forest Service's Utah Avalanche Center issused a Backcountry Avalanche Watch. The advisory covers all the mountains of northern Utah, the western Uintas and the Wasatch Plateau.
"A winter storm with an extended period of snowfall, intensifying west wind and gradually warming temperatures will overload existing weak layers of snow," avalanche forecaster Brett Kobernik warned. "This will create dangerous avalanche conditions in the backcountry."