Flagstaff, Arizona - Backcountry of The San Francisco Peaks and Kachina Peaks Wilderness
Format and Limitations Statement
A winter weather system has deposited 3-4 inches of snow on the San Francisco Peaks. Most of this snow has accumulated on bare ground or on the thin snow patches of north facing slopes. Natural and human triggered avalanches remain unlikely.
In case it needs to be stated, there is still not enough snow for backcountry ski or board travel. Current snowpack at 10,800' is 10", mostly unsupportable basal facets. Year to date snowfall is 23".
Periods of winter weather are expected to continue through Tuesday and high winds forecast for this afternoon, Saturday and Sunday, will probably sublimate much of the recent snow.
If any avalanche hazard were present, it would likely be limited to wind slabs on leeward and cross loaded slopes at and above treeline. Backcountry travel conditions will be more challenging this week than last.
For more information on the unsettled forecast see the weather section below.