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Crews Search Avalanche Site

Crews Search Avalanche Site



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Sammy Linebaugh & KSL Newsradio reportingSearch and rescue crews are searching an avalanche area in Woodland Hills. No one is reported missing, but officials want to be sure no one was buried.

Toby Harding, Mayor: "As far as we can tell, there isn't any immediate danger to property in the area or danger to residents."

Yesterday, the avalanche came dangerously close to a home in Woodland Hills. While no one was hurt in this snow slide, experts predict we'll see more avalanches as temperatures creep up in the coming weeks.

And, recent record snowstorms could make things even more dangerous. We've seen close to 44 inches of snow in Utah's mountains in the last 48 hours.

Recent moisture is doing wonders for our reservoirs. And, all the new snow is a powder hound's dream! But, it's also creating some dangerous conditions in the backcountry.

Yesterday afternoon an avalanche came within 50 feet of a home in Utah County. The slide came down Broad Canyon, just above Woodland Hills. Fortunately nothing was damaged and no one was hurt.

Meantime at the mouth of Little Cottonwood Canyon, skiers were turned away because crews were doing avalanche control on the mountain all day. The canyon re-opened early Thursday morning.

So far this season seven people have died in avalanches and even though we're heading into April, dangers are as higher than ever.

Bruce Tremper/ Director, Utah Avalanche Center: "Spring is especially tricky conditions because during storms like this it's winter, so you have to deal with dry slab avalanches and as soon as the sun comes out suddenly they turn into wet avalanches."

Again, if you're heading into the backcountry call the avalanche center to check on conditions.

Little Cottonwood Canyon should be closed tomorrow morning for avalanche control.

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