Though isolated, a persistent slab danger still exists on steep, NW-N-E facing slopes above about 10,500 feet where more than about 16" of snow can be found on top of weak, sugary, faceted snow at the ground. Kevin Dressler was out over the weekend and reported collapsing and cracking in the snowpack in these areas - telltale signs of unstable snow.
Kevin Dressler photo.
Buckboard Flat is reporting 3" of new snow this morning and I would expect 5" or more up high. Not enough to turn winter around but every little but helps. Winds on Abajo Peak are averaging 20-25 mph from the WNW and it's 14 degrees up there.
Kevin Dressel was out and about on Saturday and reported his findings here.
Wind, temperature and humidity on Abajo Peak (11,000')
Snow totals at Buckboard Flat (8924')
Snow totals at Camp Jackson (8858')
Today you may find some shallow new wind slabs on the lee sides of ridge crests and terrain features in upper elevation, wind exposed terrain. They shouldn't pose too much of a threat, but it's always good to heighten your awareness when these things are present. Look for recently deposited wind drifts and cracking in the snow surface.
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This information does not apply to developed ski areas or highways where avalanche control is normally done. This advisory is from the U.S.D.A. Forest Service, which is solely responsible for its content. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur.