VA Lakes - facets and new wet snow

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
S. Peak
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Forecaster
Monday, January 8, 2018 - 2:00pm
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38° 2' 20.886" N, 119° 15' 19.2492" W
Snowpit Observations
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Warm moist day at VA Lakes w light variable winds and moderate gusts from SW at all elevations.  Went up to ~11,200' on NE facing slope on S. peak.  No real slopes >35 degrees.  Snowing lightly most of the day, only 1-2" of new snow today by late afternoon.  Just above freezing temps up to just under 10,500' at 3pm.  -2 deg C at 11,000' at 3:30pm.  Surface snow moist up to ~10,800' (some challenging glopping while skinning).  

Some minor instabilities observed.  A few small cracks up to 1ft from skis.  Snowpits are still consistently showing fairly faceted snowpack under the new snow from the past few days.  Buried Crusts are noticeably decomposing / faceting away over the past week (still there, but getting more crumbly and thinner).  See attached profiles, showing some shallow compression test failures.  See attached video showing hand pit failing with moderate force at moist snow/dry snow interface at ~9,700' on NW wind exposed slope.  

*Would not be suprised to find more reactive wind slabs at higher elevations on steeper slopes.

*Rd was plowed this afternoon to ~1/2mi from end.  

*Rain below 9000'-8500' atleast up to 4pm.  

Good skiing :-)  A bit sluggish below 9800'.           

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