If you are recreating, please do so responsibly. This includes following social distancing requirements, not taking actions that risk pulling emergency service workers away from the important work they’re doing, or compromising their ability to continue that work.
To prevent spread of COVID-19, please do not travel to Flagstaff for recreation. If you are local to Flagstaff and choose to head to the backcountry, every effort should be made to avoid injuries. Now is not the time to visit a hospital which may be overwhelmed due to COVID-19. Know the conditions and know your limits!
Overall: On January 10th a low pressure system deposited 14" of snow @ 10,800 ft., our first significant storm snow of the season. Avalanches are unlikely due to no previous snowpack. It is important to note that this new snowfall is currently the snowpack base and will be subject to metamorphism regionally based on aspect, elevation, and other environmental factors. Finding sufficient coverage for touring on the San Francisco Peaks will be very difficult if not impossible.
Near and Above Treeline:Isolated wind slabs may exist in the highest slopes near ridgelines. On January 10th, winds were observed at 11'500 ft. to be in the moderate range (15-35 mph) W-NW.
Below Treeline:With only 14" of snow at mid-mountain elevations, coverage is not sufficient for safe skiing/riding. Rocks and logs will be your primary hazard.
Arizona Snowbowl is making snow and open. "Currently, uphill travel on terrain within the Arizona Snowbowl ski area is unavailable due to mountain operations and construction projects."
Updated January 10, 2017:
On January 10th a low pressure system deposited 14" of snow, our first significant snow of the season. Snowfall numbers are from mid-mountain (10,800 ft) elevations at AZ Snowbowl.
The Snowslide Snotel reports a 9" snow depth and ~2" of SWE.
From NWS Flagstaff, AZ:
A quick rebound to dry and warmer weather will arrive Thursday and last into early next week while high pressure again dominates the forecast. Daytime temperatures will climb to at least 10 degrees above average. There is no sign of additional precipitation until perhaps Tuesday of next week.