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Third Avalanche Brings New Safetly Warnings

Third Avalanche Brings New Safetly Warnings

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(KSL News) -- Experts are warning people to be careful of avalanches if they plan on playing this weekend in Utah's back country.

In the past two days there's been three avalanches; the latest happened this morning in Big Cottonwood Canyon.

Fortunately no one was buried in this one, but that wasn't the case Friday. Two avalanches were triggered, one in Big Cottonwood Canyon and the other on Mount Olympus. Six people were buried, but everyone made it out safely.

Officials warned back country skiers and recommended packing avalanche gear for anyone who ventures into out-of-bounds areas.

Lenny Bruno, Salt Lake County Sheriff's Office: "People are going into the back country and the unstable conditions, it's cutting loose really easy."

With all the spring storms that have descended upon Northern Utah in the past week lots of heavy, wet snow is making the snow pack unstable. And as the temperature warms up, like it has and is expected to continue doing this weekend, it's making the conditions ripe for avalanches.

Officers were out this morning doing control work in both canyons, trying to make it safer for people. But they still warn that avalanche danger is very high.

And before you head up to the mountains, officials do ask that you call the Avalanche Advisory or check out their website.

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