Behind June Mt - small amounts of new snow

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Negatives - Hemlock
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Forecaster
Monday, February 10, 2020 - 12:00pm
37° 44' 4.5492" N, 119° 6' 6.1884" W
Snowpit Observations
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With word that June Mtn got more snow yesterday than other places, headed that way to check on conditions.  Toured off the back of J7, up the Hourglass to the top of the negatives, then around over the top of Dream Bowl and scrambled on over to the top of Hemlock Ridge (got to keep ourselves entertained out there somehow!), and down and out to the road.  ~3" was the max new snow I found in sheltered mid elevations, but mostly in the 1-2" range.  Anywhere exposed was stripped pretty well, including all the negative chutes and solar chutes.  Found a few VERY isolated and very small wind deposit pockets that were up to 8" deep on cross loaded features at mid to upper elevations on NE to W faces.  Nothing large enough to be concerning.  Not much snow movement anywhere today.  Variable and firm in exposed areas.  SE face at 10,700' at noon showed no signs of softening.  

Sheltered more northerly facing aspects had faceting surface snow down to ~8300' with a thin melt-freeze zipper crust below the small amount of new snow, which skied well for most part with some variable thicker crusts. Below 8300'  mostly was quite shallow and melt-freeze (frozen today).  8100' on NNW aspect snow depth ~15-20cm on average, with bare spots becoming more abundant below that elevation.  Choose your path wisely if skiing down to the road ... I did a poor job of this today.  Survival skiing, and some walking.     

 

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Weather Observations
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Moderate NE winds over the ridgetop, light at mid elevations, calm down low.  Winds seemed to decrease in the afternoon.  Blue skies and winter-time temperatures: 

-11:30am, 9,600', -4°C

-12:30pm, 11,150', -7°C

-2:20p, 8,100', -1.5°C

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