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 again yesterday and reported more collapsing and cracking in the snowpack in these areas - telltale signs of instability.
The mountains picked up 2-5" of new snow yesterday. Not enough to turn winter around but every little but helps. Kevin Dressel went up and checked it out. Read 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 expect sunny skies and warming temperatures into the low 30's at 10,000'. NW winds will be light. We'll be under a mostly dry, northwest flow for the remainder of the week with a hope for change coming by the weekend.
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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.