Minaret Vista area snow conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Submission Info
Forecaster
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 - 1:15pm
Red Flags: 
37° 38' 59.9604" N, 119° 3' 18.2628" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Traveled within the trees today... supportable pack with cold soft snow conditions in N and NW facing at around 9500'. Tree bombs and melting snow from the canopy has created a mosaic of surface conditions within the forest. From 10000- 8500 ft level there was an average of around 90-110cm of snow in protected north facing terrain. Surface hoar was evident, but not uniform across the snowpack surface and was  rounding in many cases and degrading. No signs of instability were evident.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

A NE wind was blowing moderately at mid to lower elevations and much higher in the upper elevations. At the upper elevations NE winds were consistently blowing at the 50-60mph range from around 800-100pm today  before mellowing a bit in the afternoon. There was active snow transport visible in the upper elevations, though not very significant, and likely alot of the snow thrown aloft was sublimating in the atmosphere rather than being deposited on leeward slopes.  There was some evidence of minor loading on south west facing terrain in the form of ribbons and water like features of deposited spin drift. With the upper elevations harboring predominantly harder surfaces and wind slab on the N and E aspects there was much less snow to move around then last week and probably not much new wind slab development on the sunny aspects. Would be good to check the S and SW aspects tomorrow to see if anything built up signifcantly.

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