Flagstaff, Arizona - San Francisco Peaks and Kachina Peaks Wilderness
Overall: Three inches of new snow was reported early this morning at Arizona Snowbowl at 10,800’ with an 11" total undisturbed base. Year to date snowfall is reported as 19". Prior to this storm, the backcountry of San Francisco Peaks had nearly returned to dry snow-free conditions. Snow on southern exposures had all but disappeared and snow that lingered on northern and northeastern slopes has become weak, poorly bonded facets. Facets create unsupportable 'sugar' snow, with little cohesion or moisture and is the culprit weak layer in the majority of slab avalanche releases.
Near and Above Treeline:n/a
After a week of dry and cool weather with breezy afternoons, we are being impacted by the first precipitation event since the post election storm in November. Precipitation amounts were predicted to be light at 1-3 inches at high elevation.Blustery, and then warming and generally settled weather will develop over the weekend and into next week. The next outlook for precipitation will come midweek, but at the moment this system appears moisture deprived.