San Joaquin Ridge snow conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
West side San Joaquin Ridge
Submission Info
Forecaster
Saturday, December 29, 2018 - 11:30am
San Joaquin Ridge 37° 40' 35.8428" N, 119° 3' 47.6172" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Looked to see if there was any significant windloading or slab development on the southerly and west aspects of the San Joaquin Ridge at 10000ft. There was some 8-10" wind deposits just adjacent to ridgeline, but well bonded to old snow surfaces, minimal in size and scope, and were soft in nature. As we decended down to 8000ft on the west side of the ridge, snow surfaces ranged from 6" of cold powder in the shade to areas of significant warming where the new snow was quite sticky. Small areas of wind scouring, light breakable crust, and tree canopy shedding covered the area. Snowpack was 90cm in depth average and supportable overall.

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Northeast
More detailed information about the weather: 

The day started out sunny, but became increasingly cloud covered over the mountain range. By the early afternoon, Ritter and Banner were completely obscured by the clouds. Temperatures were mild and at 1130am at 7880ft it was nearly 40F. At our location there was northerly winds, but moderate in speed, it was obvious that the northerly winds were still blowing strongly at 11000ft and above.

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