Bishop Area-Basin Mountain-snow conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
SE shoulder of Basin Mountain
Submission Info
Forecaster
Sunday, January 20, 2019 - 1:00pm
Red Flags: 
Obvious avalanche path
37° 17' 49.1064" N, 118° 38' 38.3892" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Snowline starts just above the Buttermilk Bouldering area, but with a high clearence vehicle we could get another 2 miles or so up the road today before parking. Snow through the sage and lower elevations was supportable and made for good travel. Snow on the base of Basin Mountain was shallow and solar aspects were crusted up. Roller  balls were present on most of the East aspects. All of the main gullies on Basin had slid at some point during last weeks storm and debris had reached the lower flanks of the mountain. Flat light and blowing snow made it difficult to see any crowns. 

We decided to make treeline and scope a northerly aspect. The top 15cm was soft windblown powder and made for good skiing in the whitebark pine and lower sheltered gullies where winds had transported snow. Compression and Extended Column  tests  showed overall good stability, but fairly well developed facets do inhabit the bottom 50cm of the snowpack. Did not experience any collapsing or shooting cracks.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

The wind started picking up around 1030am and the High peaks were becoming more obscured with flurries in the air at 1230am. Snow was visible swirling and blowing from all directions near treeline early this afternoon. The Owens valley was in sun while the Sierra became increasingly enveloped with cloud cover through the day and temperatures were just below freezing above 10000ft. It was -2c at 100pm.

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