V Bowl Snow Conditions

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
V Bowl
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Forecaster
Saturday, February 23, 2019 - 3:30pm
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
37° 55' 34.7772" N, 119° 11' 28.7952" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

 I spent the day touring in the lee vining area.  Surface conditions in V bowl were lightly wind affected but the skiing was quite pleasant today with 2-6 inches of cold dry powder on top of supportable wind compacted snow. Temperatures were warm today and winds were light out of the west. Bannering was notable on the Dana Plateau in the afternoon as winds picked up.  

I dug in at 9500’ on an east aspect to evaluate the rain crust.  I found two distinct crust layers sandwiching 4f hard rounded facets.  I was a bit surprised by the poor structure I found at this location as I haven’t found faceting this extensive near the crust in other areas but it is concerning none the less. This layer was reactive to my stability tests (ECTP24 Q1).   It will certainly be in an important layer to track on. 

I observed no wumphing, or recent avalanches today, I did observe some localized cracking and isolated terrain features with wind slabs but nothing that got my hackles up. Overall stability seemed pretty solid throughout my tour.

 

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
None
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