Above freezing temperatures overnight and the chance of rain will make low elevations the most likely place to trigger an avalanche today. These avalanches will be wet and can entrain a lot of heavy snow making them hard to escape. The usually cold and dry northerly-facing slopes will be most susceptible to this sudden change. Start your backcountry travel at a higher-elevation trailhead and stay off slopes that feel wet, mushy and unsupportable.
At the higher elevations the wind will be drifting new snow into thick slabs on easterly slopes near ridgetop. These slabs will be largest in the north, where more snow is expected. Watch for shooting cracks in drifted snow and avoid areas where the snow feels harder or more hollow than surrounding sheltered areas.
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