You can trigger avalanches in steep terrain on all aspects below treeline today. A few hours of light rain is enough to saturate the snow surface below about 11,000 feet. If you trigger a wet snow avalanche in a thin area, it could entrain the entire snowpack and take you for a dangerous ride or bury you in dense wet snow. These avalanches can be heavy and hard to escape once they get moving. Look for signs of wet snow avalanches such as point releases running from steep areas. If you encounter these conditions avoid travel on and under steep terrain. If you stand on the snow surface and sink deeper than about the top of your boots larger, more dangerous avalanches are possible and you should find a different place to ride or call it a day.
Rain will turn to snow today. At higher elevations you may be able to trigger small avalanches in the wind drifted snow by early afternoon. Look for these small drifts on the leeward side of ridge lines and terrain features. Pay attention to changing conditions this afternoon and plan your day accordingly.
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