Great Snow Up High on Chicken Wing

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Chicken Wing, East of June Mountain
Submission Info
Friday, January 24, 2020 - 4:00pm
Red Flags: 
37° 45' 17.1396" N, 119° 2' 13.272" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Today we toured up Chicken Wing in the mid afternoon.  Snow conditions up to about 9,000 feet were warm, wet, and heavy, with a top crust forming where solar warming had heated in snow prior to it going into the shade.  The previous hard layer from prior to the last storm was still evident from 6 - 12 inches below the surface.  Above about 9,000 feet the snow became light and fluffy in the trees on this North/ Northeast facing aspect.  The firm layer mentioned above was not evident in the top 1/4 of the mountain.  The ride down was great with excellent snow in the top 1/3 of the mountain.  Lower down the snow became wet and heavy from thermal warming during the day with a punchable top crust.  No evidence of instability was present.  Much better snow conditions than on the Hose in the Sherwins yesterday.  

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

warm, and clear.  Temperatures were well above freezing (about 45 F).  

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