Forecast for the Moab Area Mountains
Issued by Eric Trenbeath for Tuesday, January 8, 2019 - 6:45am
The avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE today on steep slopes that have recent deposits of wind drifted snow. In addition, new snow, and wind drifted snow, have dangerously overloaded a fragile snowpack, and avalanches stepping down into buried persistent weak layers are also likely, particularly on steep terrain that faces NW-N-E. There is also a MODERATE danger for triggering an avalanche in the storm snow, even on slopes that aren't wind loaded - signs of instability include collapsing and cracking in the snow surface. And finally, as the day heats up we may see some loose, wet avalanches on sun exposed slopes. Don't let the beautiful day lull you into a sense of complacency. It's dangerous out there and problems are complex.
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