Forecast for the Abajos Area Mountains

Issued by Eric Trenbeath for Friday, January 11, 2019 - 7:33am
The avalanche danger remains CONSIDERABLE - new snow, and wind drifted snow have dangerously overloaded a weak snowpack, and human triggered avalanches on steep slopes facing W-N-E are likely if not certain. Signs of instability include collapsing and cracking in the snow surface. Backcountry travelers need to possess excellent route finding skills and know how to avoid steep, avalanche prone terrain.-
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Weather and Snow
Webcam image courtesy of Kevin Dressel.
Skies are partly cloudy and weak storm system is will bring some isolated showers this morning. Thing should clear out after noon but we;ll see blustery NW winds in the 15-25 mph range. Temps will be in the low 20's. A strong ridge builds over the weekend with what looks like a more active pattern next week.
Last Sunday's storm brought 8"-10" to the mountains. I haven't been down since last weekend but will be headed down today. Conditions remain thin but the last storm has been a big help. A weak layer of loose, sugary snow exists at the base of the snowpack. This layer exists on northerly aspects above about 9500' and is providing an extremely unstable base for the current snow load. Check back tomorrow for a full report.
Snow totals at Buckboard Flat (8924')
Snow totals at Camp Jackson (8858')
Wind, temperature, and humidity on Abajo Peak (11,000')
National Weather Service point forecast.
Recent Avalanches
Dustin Randall sent in these pics of sled triggered avalanches that occurred on Monday.
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