Wind advisory issued for Castle Country area; avalanche warning

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PANGUITCH — The National Weather Service in Salt Lake City has issued a wind advisory, which is in effect until 10 p.m. Sunday evening.

Dots indicate the area affected by the wind advisory, Jan. 24, 2016, 9:05 a.m. | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News
Dots indicate the area affected by the wind advisory, Southern Utah, Jan. 24, 2016, 9:05 a.m. | Image courtesy of the National Weather Service, St. George News

Affected area

Castle Country, San Rafael Swell along Interstate 70 near Fremont Junction

Winds

Northwest 25-35 mph with gusts to 50 mph

Timing

Developing midday, peaking Sunday afternoon and diminishing Sunday evening

Impacts

Gusty winds may impact travel. Crosswinds are forecast for state Route 10 from Price to Fremont Junction. The strongest winds are expected along I-70 near Fremont Junction. High-profile vehicles and those towing trailers will be especially impacted by these winds. Wind-sensitive operations may be impacted.

Precautionary/preparedness actions

A wind advisory means that sustained wind speeds of at least 31 mph or gusts of 45 mph are expected. Motorists in the advisory area should be prepared for sudden gusty crosswinds, which can make driving difficult.

This graphic shows the avalanche danger for the Moab Area Mountains, Sunday, Jana. 24, 2016 | Image courtesy of the Utah Avalanche Center, St. George News
This graphic shows the avalanche danger for the Moab Area Mountains, Sunday, Jana. 24, 2016 | Image courtesy of the Utah Avalanche Center, St. George News

Avalanche warning

The avalanche danger in the Moab Area Mountains for Sunday is moderate in all aspects steeper than 35 degrees in upper elevation, wind-exposed terrain that have recent deposits of wind-drifted snow. With snow and wind in the forecast, the danger could rise to considerable on steep, upper elevation slopes that face North-East-South East.

Out of the wind zone, a moderate avalanche danger exists on steep northerly facing aspects where it may be possible to trigger a lingering, persistent slab avalanche.

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