Warming Mammoth Crest

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Submission Info
Volunteer Observer
Tuesday, March 3, 2020 - 12:45pm
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming
37° 36' 11.8836" N, 119° 1' 39.4968" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Toured over Twin Lakes, past Horseshoe and up to the base of the Mammoth Crest today. We left the car around 1000 with temps already well above freezing. Any and all aspects at all elevations observed, that were not shelted northernly were becoming saturated 5-10 cms down. In Some places that had less new precipitation, this warming had moved down to the old crust layer from before this last storm. Roller balls were observed that initiated from rocks, vegetation and trees. At all elevations isolated pockets of stubborn windslab were observed, with minimal cracking. In some places small ridges would have cornice and winslab persisting on either aspect due to the past 48hr eratic wind directions. In Northernly, shaded aspects quality winter skiing was still found, sloughing and isolated pockets of lingering storm and wind slab still exist in the steeper (40˚+) slopes. Near ridge line, scouring winds yesterday removed new snow, watch for variable conditions. On the ski / sking out, mutiple applications of wax were required. 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Northeast

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