Very light snowfall and steady wind loading

South Peak
Submission Info
Volunteer Observer
Tuesday, January 21, 2020 - 7:45pm
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming
38° 2' 19.842" N, 119° 15' 19.9188" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Widespread snow transport. Rolling and drifting snow on all leeward lower elevation features. Some saltation and definetely turbulent suspention above 10'000ft. and at ridge top level. 

Newly forming wind slabs were still shallow and soft. Some very localized cracking right under my skis. I stomped on some steep convex rollovers that were beeing loaded, but did not get anything to move. The old wind slabs are very firm and seem unreactive at this point. The newly deposited snow was still very shallow and I did produce much propagation beyond cracking right around my skis. 

Above 10'800 ft. in more sheltered places, the snow surface was covered with small, about 2mm angular NSF crystals.

The skiing in the gullies was pretty good in creamy, wind compresssed snow. 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Skied up South Peak, Virginia today. I left my truck at 10 am. It was sunny and with moderate winds at 9700 ft. and high wind speeds at ridgetop level. A cloudfront was trying to push down the canyon but not making much progress. By the time we left at 2 pm, the clouds had moved down to about 9700 ft. Winds were blowing with higher intensity there too. The clouds did not bring any snowfall to get excited about. I would call it even less than S-1.  

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