New Snow in the Sherwins

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Punta Bardini
Submission Info
Volunteer Observer
Sunday, March 15, 2020 - 12:45pm
Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Punta Bardini 37° 36' 38.6784" N, 118° 57' 33.5988" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

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I toured up Punta Bardini keeping to the trees. When I left the parking area, the storm was stalled along the mammoth crest with the sky 50% covered. Very strong winds persisted through the duration of my tour, loading was clearly visible. Loaded snow was found on lee slopes, at low elevations but no cracking or whumphing was observed. New snow measured a trace in the parking lot to over 40cms higher on the ridge in protected pockets. Above 9,000' I started noticing cracking, the longest one ran 15' across sloped on an small 35˚ N facing convex roll. I dug a snow-pit at 9720' in a protected, treed area. A CT fractured at 11 hits, RP at the old new interface. I also got a ECTN 15 that broke in Facets 40cms down. After the test was finished I gave two hard taps from the shoulder and the whole block propagated across the column and slid easily. The skiing down was excellent, variable in particular terrain due to wind scouring. Rock sharks, trees and stumps are all still very present. When I returned to the car the snowfall intensified and the sky was fully covered, wind remained very strong all day.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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