Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Unified Police check for chains and four wheel drive in Little Cottonwood Canyon in Salt Lake County Saturday, Jan. 21, 2012.

COTTONWOOD HEIGHTS — Little Cottonwood Canyon Road was to be closed Friday night for avalanche maintenance, Unified Police Lt. Justin Hoyal said.

Hoyal said that the road is closed except for official personnel and will be closed completely after 9:30 p.m. The Unified Police Department is assisting the Utah Department of Transportation in enforcing the closure, which is scheduled to last until 7:30 a.m. Saturday. 

The canyon was also closed for approximately one hour Friday afternoon after a small avalanche reached the road, Hoyal said. The slide occurred naturally and no individuals or vehicles were affected.

Benjamin Wood