Central Mountains

Fri, May 27, 2022 at 3:30pm

Issued by: Jason Konigsberg
SaturdaySundayModerate (2)

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully.

Low (1)

Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

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Summary

Highlights

Expect the threat from Loose Wet avalanches to rise throughout the day. Snowfall earlier in the week accumulated up to around a foot in areas east of the Continental Divide. This new snow will again see very warm temperatures and ample sunshine, and will sheet off the underlying dust and crust layers as early as mid morning. Some of these avalanches could entrain enough snow to knock you off your feet.

Weather Discussion

Saturday is another windy and warm day with temperatures near treeline reaching the mid to upper fifties. Clouds increase in the afternoon as our high pressure ridge breaks down. There is a slight chance of afternoon thunderstorms but most storms will be dry with just some gusty outflow winds. 

The leading edge of a low-pressure trough moves over Colorado on Sunday resulting in extensive cloud cover, cooler temperatures, and continued windy conditions from the southwest. As the center of this system churns to our north, we will see periodic snow showers, mainly across the Northern Mountains. Snow will spread over more areas later on Sunday as cold front moves through. It looks like a good freeze is in store for Sunday night. The weather pattern is generally cool and unsettled through about Wednesday.

You can check current conditions on our Weather Stations page and get detailed weather forecasts from the National Weather Service.

Snowpack and Avalanche Discussion

The most widespread avalanche concern on Saturday will be Loose Wet avalanches running on the older dust-covered crust layer. Areas along and east of the Continental Divide have around a foot of recent storm snow over this crust.  Although the new snow has already seen sun and some sluffing in steep terrain, Saturday will be another warm day. Temperatures in the mid 50s to low 60s and lots of sun means we're likely see snow shed off in wet avalanches. Expect the activity to start early on east-facing terrain, and quickly spread to all other aspects and elevations by lunchtime. 

Watch for overhanging cornices. The new snow could obscure cornice hazard by hiding where they are pulling away from solid ground. Don’t travel under these dangerous school bus-size features and give a wide birth on ridges staying well back from unknown edges.  


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