Fern Lake Drainage

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Submission Info
Volunteer Observer
Sunday, February 5, 2017 - 3:45pm
37° 44' 33.558" N, 119° 6' 17.1252" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured from Double Eagle up Four Seasons to above Fern Lake, 7200' to 10200'. Original objective was North side of Carson but deferred to plan B due to increasing wind transport on ridges and decreasing visability. Surface snow notably stiffer than yesterday's on the Four Seasons slope but still held soft snow on protected north aspects. 

Skied 2 NW rock-lined chutes that still held good wintery snow, though hand pits found a stiff, 1F+ wind slab that ranged from 10 to 15cm in thickness, up to 30cm in isolated areas  Hand shears easy. 

Noted 2 naturals that slid recently originating in rock bands just above Devil's Slide, D1, 1.5' crowns.

Snow much wetter and heavier below 8000'.

 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Mixed rain and snow
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Increasing winds (light to moderate) over course of day.

Temperature trending warmer, snowing up to S1 at 9000' and above, turning to mixed rain and snow below 8000'.

 

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