Punta Bardini snow conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Old Growth Punta Bardini
Submission Info
Forecaster
Thursday, February 28, 2019 - 11:30pm
Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 36' 42.0984" N, 118° 57' 39.5676" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

I went for a quick tour today up to about 9500’ on Punta Bardini. 2-6” of new wet snow was noted throughout my tour. Some exposed rain crust was noted on the moraine features near the propane tanks but travel was easy.  Wind effect was obvious in many areas with blowing snow/wind loading was observed on the ridgeline and cross loading in the tele bowls.  2-14” 4f wind slabs over fist hard snow failed with easy force during hand sheer tests and some localized cracking was noted on leeward terrain features.  In protected areas, the new snow seemed to be bonding well and no signs of storm instabilities were noted.  Ski conditions were quite good though at lower elevations (below 8400’ or so) I was able to feel the rain crust due to the relatively low amount of new snow.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Moderate to strong SW winds with periods of heavy snowfall.  

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