Virginia Lakes - Poop Chute

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Poop Chute
Submission Info
Forecaster
Saturday, January 9, 2016 - 11:30am
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path
38° 4' 3.72" N, 119° 15' 14.76" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Snowpack depth is widely variable depending on aspect, exposure to prevailing winds (Southwest), terrain features and trees. The Poop Chute is a classic hourglass shaped slidepath with a starting zone in the Low 30 degrees. This area is consistently windloaded by the prevailing Southwesterly winds. The Chute is well packed with windblown snow over the facets that formed early season at ground level. The new snow (Virginia Lakes Snotel Site - 5") has been lightly affected by recent winds with some intermittent windslabs around cross-loaded features and slopes prone to windloading. Some warming of the surface snow was notes at the lower elevations on Southerly aspects. The surface snow is relatively low density and is easily transportable to leeward slopes where it can form potentially dangerous windslabs. Stability test indicate some weakness at the new/old snow interface but the surface snow lacks enough internal cohesion to propagate easily. 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
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