Snow conditions in the Convict drainage

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Old Mans Bowl, East side of Mono Jim Peak
Submission Info
Forecaster
Friday, April 5, 2019 - 1:45pm
Red Flags: 
37° 34' 19.1784" N, 118° 51' 5.3712" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

 I toured to 10800’ on Mono Jim peak today.  Leaving the car around 945 this morning the temperature was warm, and the sun was shining through the partly cloudy skies.  Making my way up from tobacco flats to the base of Old Mans bowl, surface conditions were a well frozen supportable Melt Freeze crust.  The climb up old man's bowl was relatively easy, ski penetration was about 5 cm and I was able to make it to the top without ski crampons.   Increasing cloud cover and sustained moderate/ strong winds kept the MF crust from softening much, and my first lap down Old Man bowl was a little crunchy.  While a thin zipper crust kept things interesting the skiing was still predictable and enjoyable.  I opted to head back up to the summit of Mono Jim and check out one of the east chutes. After a short scramble over the summit, I was delighted to find the snow on this more ENE aspect to be quite a bit softer.  While there was still a slight zipper crust hear it was much less noticeable. The larger hazard was navigating through refrozen rollerballs.  Descending the moraines it became obvious that the MF crust had still not softened up but the supportable crust was predictable and fast. Below Tobacco flats, the snow had softened up quite a bit into quazi corn snow.  As the winds increased I saw some evidence of snow transport, though it was not substantial.   I suspect as with the addition of new snow this evening that may change. I observed a few old loose wet avalanches coming off the east side of Mono Jim peak though no signs of instability were noted today.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
South
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

The morning started off with partly cloudy skies, warm temperatures and a light breeze from the south. Clouds were building throughout the day and skies were overcast by around 11.  Winds were also increasing, as the approaching storm got closer. Winds were moderate with strong gusts out of the S by early afternoon. 

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