The Sangre de Cristo Range accumulated at least 6 inches of new snow from the Thursday night storm. This new snow, plus some moderate northeast winds, have brought a return to winter avalanche problems. We added Storm Slab avalanches to the Friday Forecast. Distribution and extent of the new snow across the zone are tricky to determine, so a blanket coverage for Storm Slab avalanches near and above treeline is the main concern for today. North to east winds above treeline were probably strong, so the western aspects could be a bigger problem for backcountry travelers in the zone.
New snow amounts, combined with increasing sunshine today, will also threaten an increase in Loose Wet avalanches from all aspects near and above treeline as temperatures rise.