Settled Storm Snow on Red Cone

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Red Cone Bowl
Submission Info
Volunteer Observer
Thursday, March 21, 2019 - 3:30pm
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 35' 43.674" N, 119° 1' 35.166" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured to Red Cone Bowl today. 5-10cm of new snow on the skintrack overnight. 25cm of total storm snow observed in most locations, more in lee deposition zones. On East and South aspects there was a pronounced 1cm thick melt crust that formed yesterday afternoon during the mid-storm clearing.  Hand shears failed with moderate force on the old snow interface down 25-30cm. Kick turn tests resulted in localized surface cracking, and test slopes produced no results. 

Moderate cornice growth along upper Bowl, and were sensitive to collapsing when stomped on, though did not trigger storm slab underneath, only entraining a small amount of loose dry surface snow. See blurry photo for results of 2 cornice cuts. Snow in the bowl was soft and no wind slab was detected. 

Descent down through the Waterfall area and any slope with a bit of East to it had moist snow, with rollerballs coming off ski turns and hard cuts on convex slopes causing very small loose wet slides. 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Intermittent convective showers all day, snowfall rates never exceeded S-1. Light SW winds and rather pleasant above freezing temps. 

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