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Rain is a relatively straightforward weather event, varying in amount and force. Snow, however, has different aspects when it accumulates in various mountain areas with wind and other factors affecting how it lies.

A slab is a release of snow of a particular type that slides down the mountain as an avalanche, causing potential damage and loss of life. There are different types of slabs, depending on snow type and wind conditions. Heavy snows can lead to wind slabs, deep slabs, hard slabs and soft slabs, among others, which often lead to avalanches. An avalanche on a ski slope has been known not only to cause death and property damage, but also to block roadways and prevent people from getting into or out of an area.

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