Warm temperatures may cause widespread avalanches

Warm temperatures may cause widespread avalanches

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Recent snowstorms combined with warm weekend temperatures are making the mountains dangerous in northern Utah.

The Utah Avalanche Center predicts there will be widespread avalanches through the beginning of next week, especially in the Salt Lake area mountains .

Up to three feet of cold, dry snow has fallen in the past week. As mountain temperatures hover around 60 degrees, the snowpack will get a shock.

The center says steep slopes facing the south are most at risk.

There's a possibility that portions of the roads in Little and Big Cottonwood canyons may be closed at times, especially during warmest parts of the day.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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