Taos Region

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Taos Region

Postby JBella » Mon Oct 08, 2018 11:47 am

Dusting last night above about 10.5k in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, a bit higher on the western front of the range. Jet stream flow and a stationary low pressure system between Hawaii and Mexico are fueling another low pressure system spinning above the 4 Corners region, storm dynamics look good for a few inches by Wednesday morning. As the low above the Pacific evolves it may create some potential for significant snowfall again this weekend.

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Re: Taos Region

Postby JBella » Tue Oct 09, 2018 8:07 pm

Light snow continued today and is still precipitating tonight, a few hours ago it looked like a couple inches had accumulated above treeline.

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Re: Taos Region

Postby JBella » Tue Oct 16, 2018 7:57 am

Decent snowfall here, about 5" around the Williams Lake trailhead. Not nearly as exciting as the 14-18" pre-storm predictions but it's another layer atop last week's modest accumulations. Not enough to get into most areas but it looked like there's some deeper crossloaded drifts and small cornices hanging on the ridgelines I could see. Bottom of the trail was pretty rocky and hiked-out by yesterday afternoon as the storm fizzled out.
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Re: Taos Region

Postby JBella » Tue Oct 16, 2018 10:40 pm

Windy and lightly stormy tonight. Maybe a couple inches by tomorrow afternoon. Hiked up to the Peace Chute earlier today, in the sunny areas the fresh snow had melted/settled to a few inches along the trail, looked deeper and colder on the east facing slopes on Kachina. Shaded areas in the trees were holding colder and dryer snow. Pics from early afternoon;

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Natural terrain features like this are holding enough snow for avalanches to occur;

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