Mt Tom Snow conditions

E side Mt Tom
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Friday, February 8, 2019 - 1:30pm
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37° 20' 41.2584" N, 118° 37' 52.734" W
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We went for a tour today on the east side of Mt Tom outside of Bishop.    We topped out at around 10,500’ where the snow became noticeably more wind affected.  The morning was warm and sunny with only light winds.  At approximately 1 pm clouds moved in, we noted increasing winds and began to see flurries of snow.   No wumphing, cracking or recent avalanches were observed on our tour today. Though with the increased S winds, significant transport was noted in the afternoon.  Hand sheers and kick turn tests highlighted small fresh wind slabs (2-5”) on leeward slopes, but these were isolated and seemed to have just started forming this afternoon.  I also observed rollerball activity on SE aspects this morning while the sun was still intense.  I also observed a few old avalanches that were mostly filled back in with snow, likely from during the storm last weekend.  Coverage was good at low elevations, and we were able to ski to the car.  Overall stability felt good, and skiing was very enjoyable.

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