Avalanche control carried out in Cottonwood Canyons in Utah

Roads and backcountry areas were reopened after avalanche control in Utah’s Little Cottonwood Canyon, east of Salt Lake City, on the night of Friday, Jan. 7, officials said. . The Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) said SR210, a road through Little Cottonwood Canyon, was closed from 12:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Friday morning while avalanche mitigation was carried out. The hinterland areas were closed starting at 10 p.m. Thursday, the department said. This video of a controlled avalanche was posted by UDOT on Friday morning as it reported that the SR210 had reopened to all traffic, but with uphill delays. The Salt Lake City National Weather Service also warned drivers to watch out for “patchy black ice” on the area’s roads that morning. “If the road looks wet it could be ice, take it easy!” They tweeted. Credit: UDOT Cottonwood Canyons via Storyful

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