Forecast for the Abajos Area Mountains

Issued by Mark Staples for Friday, March 15, 2019 - 7:34am
Today the avalanche danger is CONSIDERABLE on all elevations and aspects. Natural avalanches are a red flag that avalanches can easily be triggered by a person. They can break just within the new snow or on weak layers deeper in the snowpack. ALSO, watch for wet avalanches at low elevations on southerly facing slopes.
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Weather and Snow
This morning temperatures range from the single digits F at upper elevations to the low teens at lower elevations. Winds calmed overnight and are barely blowing.
Today will have strong sunshine and clear skies. Winds will remain calm.
The Tuesday/Wednesday storm delivered nearly 15 to 20 inches of snow. At low elevations, some of the new snow was wet. It refroze and now there is an ice crust buried under a few inches of snow that fell later in the storm.

Snotel totals at Buckboard Flat (8924')
Snotel totals at Camp Jackson (8858')
Wind, temperature, and humidity on Abajo Peak (11,000')
National Weather Service point forecast.
Recent Avalanches
Yesterday one natural avalanche was spotted in the Abajos.
There were many large avalanches that occurred in the La Sal Mountains and are worth noting. Below is a photo of one of them.
Additional Information
Carry appropriate rescue gear: beacon, probe, shovel, and choose where you ride based on the avalanche forecast for the day!
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