ST. GEORGE — Winter weather is forecast for Southern Utah and the communities of Beaver, Cedar City and Milford, which, along with Washington, Iron and Beaver counties, are all included in a National Weather Service winter weather advisory.

Snow accumulations of up to four inches are expected and the advisory runs from 5 p.m. Friday through 8 a.m. Saturday.

The NWS also said the U.S. Forest Service Avalance Center in Salt Lake City has issued a backcountry avalanche warning for Washington, Iron, Beaver, Garfield and Kane counties, effective through 6 a.m. Saturday.

Specific areas mentioned include mountain ranges in southwestern Utah, the Tushars and areas near Cedar City.

According to the Utah Avalanche Center website, “Several days of strong south wind and heavy snowfall are causing large and dangerous avalanches that are running far downhill. Avoid being on or under any steep slope where avalanches run. Dangerous avalanche conditions are expected to last through the weekend.

“Strong wind over the past few days along with heavy dense snowfall has created very dangerous avalanche conditions. The avalanche danger is high, and traveling in or under avalanche terrain is not recommended.”
More moisture is expected in the Southern Utah mountains as a system makes its way across the area, prompting a backcountry avalanche warning for the southern mountains, Feb. 9, 2024 | Images courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News

The avalanche center also provided the following information:

Stay off of and out from under slopes steeper than 30 degrees.
Backcountry travelers should consult or call 1-888-999-4019 for more detailed information.
This Warning does not apply to ski areas where avalanche hazard reduction measures are performed.

The Utah Department of Transportation also reminds drivers to expect slippery road conditions in the impacted areas. If travel is a must, drivers should pack extra supplies, slow down and allow for extra travel time.

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