Forecast for the Abajos Area Mountains

Issued by Eric Trenbeath for Saturday, February 9, 2019 - 7:07am
The avalanche danger remains CONSIDERABLE on steep, upper elevation, wind drifted slopes that face W-N-E. Human triggered avalanches involving wind drifted snow, and buried, persistent weak layers, are likely in these areas and natural avalanches are possible. On mid and lower elevation, northerly facing terrain, the avalanche danger is MODERATE, and human triggered avalanches involving wind drifted snow, and buried, persistent weak layers are possible. On slopes facing SW-S-SE the avalanche danger is MODERATE to LOW.
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Special Announcements
We are sorry to report that a snowmobiler is missing in an avalanche east of Beaver, Utah near Circleville Mountain. Search and Rescue operations are under way this morning. We will update this situation as more information becomes available.
Weather and Snow
Up to 2' of snow, accompanied by strong SW winds has fallen in the Abajos since Sunday. Strong southerly winds over the past couple of days have continued to blow and drift snow at upper elevations.
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.
Avalanche Problem #1
Wind Drifted Snow
Natural and human triggered avalanches involving wind drifted snow are likely today primarily on slopes facing NW-N-E. Avoid steep slopes with recent deposits of wind drifted snow
Avalanche Problem #2
Persistent Weak Layer
New snow, and wind drifted snow added stress to buried, persistent weak layers in the snowpack. Our primary concern is layer of weak, sugary snow at the base of the snowpack, and human triggered avalanches failing on this weak layer are likely today. The danger is greatest on steep, mid and upper elevation slopes facing NW-N-E, but in some areas the problem wraps around to W and SE facing slopes.
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