Chicken Wing, East

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Chicken Wing, East
Submission Info
Forecaster
Wednesday, January 25, 2017 - 3:15pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Chicken Wing, East 37° 45' 20.52" N, 119° 2' 7.8" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

While driving to Chicken Wing noticed an isolated R1, D1 along Hwy 395 , ~ across from snowmobile rental co. Occurred within 24 hours (not there the day before). Elevation ~7,500, East aspect. Looked like a crossloaded gully feature. No other recent activity noted. Parking at the trailhead in good shape. Route in groomed to the base. Noted Surface Hoar top to bottom (3-6 mm) above ~ 9000, (2-4 mm below). Stability tests - only 1 failure out of three columns. CTH30, Q2. Preserved Stellar, 2 mm. Evidence of some windloading from Westerly winds previously. Nice skiing T to B.

Earthquake Dome Rd to Hwy 395 still closed. 

 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Winds mostly calm on ascent and descent. Multiple cloud decks - high cirrus, mid level strato-cummulous over the high elevations, lower scattered clouds near valley bottom.  

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