Snow conditions on Dempsy's

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Sherwins, Dempsys don't
Submission Info
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 - 3:30pm
Red Flags: 
37° 36' 48.6864" N, 118° 59' 13.8156" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

We toured up the Sherwins from the end of Old Mammoth Rd.  Comparatively a lot of activity for a weekday as I am guessing people are trying to get out more.  Lots of skin tracks and bootpacks, and SCE workers dropping and yarding trees along the road which would be good to look out for.  Snow was generally still light and about 1.5 - 2.5 feet deep on along the skin track near the hose.  There was a notable wind slab at the top of Dempsy's with cornaces forming at the top and winds were moderately strong along the ridgeline, but snow transport was not obvious.  The snow was denser on Dempsy's than in the hose as I am guessing it may have had more sun exposure.  Snow depth was generally consistent throughout the run with no obvious signs of instability except the windslab up top.  Coverage was fairly good and I didn't hit any buried obstacles until the botom 300 feet which had thinner coverage and more trees.  

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
South
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Conditions were mostly sunny with some clouds and a high haze throughout the afternoon.  Winds were light along old Mammoth rd. but were moderate along the ridgelines coming out of the south by southwest.  Temperatures were below freezing except at the bottom of Dempsy's where the snow was a little sticky.

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