Advisory: Abajo Area Mountains
Eric Trenbeath
Wednesday - February 21, 2018 - 6:43am

Bottom Line

The avalanche danger is MODERATE today on steep, upper elevation terrain that faces W-N-E where recent snow and wind loading has added stress to buried weak layers in the snowpack. Human triggered avalanches up to 3' deep are possible in these areas. A slight increase in southerly winds today may result in the formation of sensitive shallow wind slabs along the lee sides of ridge crests and terrain features in upper elevation, wind exposed terrain. Avoid areas with recent deposits of wind drifted snow. Low elevation and south facing terrain offers mostly LOW danger.

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Current Conditions

The Abajo Mountains received 4-6" of low density snow from the last storm with the bulk of it coming on Tuesday morning. Coverage remains thin but things are improving and snow depths range from 24-36" on shady aspects, and from around 12-18" on sun exposed slopes.

Wind, temperature and humidity on Abajo Peak (11,000')

Snow totals at Buckboard Flat (8924')

Snow totals at Camp Jackson (8858')

Mountain Weather


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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.