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Utah logs 47 avalanches so far this month

Utah logs 47 avalanches so far this month



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OGDEN, Utah (AP) -- The Utah Avalanche Center logged 47 potentially deadly slides so far this month -- half of them since heavy snowfalls started last week.

The danger remains high in mountainous regions of Utah, and another winter storm is moving across Utah.

Two people have been killed by avalanches since Sunday -- a skier at The Canyons resort in Park City and a snowmobiler in the Thousand Peaks area of Summit County.

Avalanche Center director Bruce Tremper says it's not just snow, but wind that piles it up that makes for dangerous conditions.

Avalanches typically break loose on slopes angled 35 degrees or steeper and can reach up to 80 miles an hour within five seconds.

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Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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