Hard wind drifts are scattered across the landscape and are best described as stubborn. They do have a nasty habit of breaking well above you as you travel from down across the taper of the tear-drop shape of wind drift. Listen for low collapsing or drum-like sounds but these - nor cracking - may be evident.
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2" fell in the Abajos on Sunday. Kevin Dressel went up on Monday and gave us this great report. Conditions remain thin, and exposed slopes are sun crusted and wind scoured, but things have vastly improved over the past month. Overall snow depths range from a 1'-3'.
Wind, temperature and humidity on Abajo Peak (11,000')
Snow totals at Buckboard Flat (8924')
Snow totals at Camp Jackson (8858')
Still beautiful up there! Kevin Dressel photo.
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Frontal passage is due this morning with 2-4" expected in the mountains. Temperatures at 10,000' may drop as low as the low teens overnight but slowly start to rebound over the course of the week. Winds will remain gusty with the wind shift from south to west to northwest, with gusts along the ridgelines into the 40s. Skies should start to clear overnight with high pressure moving in for the week. Another storm perhaps on tap for next weekend.
Avalanches stepping into old early season snow 1-2' deep remains far and away the most significant and un-survivable avalanche problem. The poor structure has gone mostly dormant in the past week, but additional stress of wind loading is rarely a good thing. For now, I'd put this firmly in the Low Probability - High Consequence regime. Potential triggers include cornice fall, people or snowmobiles "catching air" and landing hard in the starting zone...or just finding a thin weak spot on the slope. Even though no avalanches, cracking or collapsing is present...and snow tests show a fairly dormant structure, it's enough to keep a conservative approach. With benign weather later this week, this problem may become completely dormant.
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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.