Avalanches likely in northern Utah mountains, forecasters say

- SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- Christmas Day snow revelers beware: avalanche forecasters are saying human-caused slides are very likely today if you're not careful.

According to an advisory released Wednesday by the Utah Avalanche Center, a considerable avalanche danger is in effect for steep slopes that face west through north above 8500 feet.

"Make no mistake, this is accident weather," the advisory states. With good weather, new snow over buried weak snow and an expected influx of people heading to the slopes over the holidays, it's "just the recipe for an accident."

The Utah Avalanche Center is warning people to stay away from underneath steep slopes that face west, north or east.

On Tuesday, a snowmobile-caused avalanche in Dry Fork area of the Uintah Mountains swept up an area about 300 feet wide. The slide averaged to be about three feet deep and was on an east-facing slope at 10,400 feet elevation. No one was caught in the avalanche.

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