UDOT PLANNED AVALANCHE CLOSURES!!

Forecast for the Skyline Area Mountains

Issued by Brett Kobernik for Monday, January 21, 2019 - 5:31am
The avalanche danger is HIGH today. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. Stay off of and out from underneath all slopes that are 30 degrees or steeper.
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Avalanche Warning
STRONG WINDS AND HEAVY SNOWFALL TODAY WILL PUSH THE AVALANCHE DANGER TO HIGH.
NATURAL AND HUMAN TRIGGERED AVALANCHES ARE CERTAIN. AVOID BEING ON OR UNDERNEATH SLOPES STEEPER THAN 30 DEGREES.
Weather and Snow
Clouds have moved in and the next storm is on our doorstep. We'll see snow today with the brunt of the storm this afternoon and tonight. I'm seeing 8 to 12 inches of snow out of this storm, possibly more. The southern end of the Skyline may be favored during this storm. It looks like it's going to be another windy storm especially this afternoon and into tonight. Wind will shift to the northwest this afternoon and eventually north tonight. Strong wind is a major contributor to avalanche danger.
Recent Avalanches
No new avalanches were observed or reported on Sunday.
We have updated Friday's avalanche fatality report with more details:
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Avalanche Problem #1
Persistent Weak Layer
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Description
At this point, the pattern with the buried persistent weak layers of snow seems fairly obvious. There has been avalanche activity during and directly following the last two windy storms which put down about a foot of snow or more. Wind has been a significant player. We are again expecting a windy storm today and tonight so it would reason that the buried persistent weak layers of snow will be active again, failing under the new snow load and causing avalanches.
Additional Information
This forecast is from the U.S. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This forecast describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.

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