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|Advisory: Moab Area Mountains||Issued by Eric Trenbeath for Monday - April 18, 2016 - 6:50am|
The Utah Avalanche Center Moab has finished issuing regular advisories for the season but we will still post the most current observations here.
And, just because we are through issuing regular advisories doesn't mean the avalanche danger has completely subsided. Any new storm systems that produce significant snowfall, especially if accompanied by wind, will cause the danger to rise and backcountry travelers will again need to be on the lookout for new wind slabs, or recent deposits of wind drifted snow.
In addition, our main concern this time of year is wet slide activity. Wet slide danger increases with daytime heating and is exacerbated by the lack of an overnight freeze. In general, if the snow surface is supportable, conditions are generally stable. If you find yourself punching through, or if the snow feels sloppy and unconsolidated, it is time to stay off of and out from under steep slopes. Look for signs of instability such as rollerballs, pinwheels, loose sluffs or wet point releases. Follow the mantra of start early and end early, and use the weather data links below to check for overnight freezes.
Thanks to everyone who supported the program this season and for sending in your observations. Have a great spring, summer, and fall, and we'll see you back here next season!
Winds, temperature and humidity on Pre-Laurel Peak
New snow totals, temperature and humidity in Gold Basin
Total snow depth and temperature at Geyser Pass Trailhead
National Weather Service point forecast for the La Sal Mountains.