I left mill city this afternoon to get an idea of new snow totals and to see if I could find any areas with substantial wind deposition.
Snow began in earnest around 1030 this morning right around the time the winds shifted to the north. Snow totals felt minimal on my tour today, measuring 1-1.5 inches on average.
Snowfall rates remained S-1 for the most part with periods of S-2
I found several areas with thin deposits, ~4″ or so with the deepest drift measured at 6″ in an isolated area near a rock outcropping. Only minor cracking was observed and I was not able to find any consequential wind slab development. It is worth noting that I was on a NE aspect and I would be more concerned on southerly aspects after today’s storm.
With continued snow and wind I would suspect Wind slabs to become larger in size and more specific in distribution, however, I observed no signs of instability on my tour today. the largest hazard I experienced today was firm and variable dust on crust conditions.
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Light to moderate snowfall with strong winds out of the northeast. Temperatures were brisk today. highs in the mid-teens this afternoon in the mid-elevations.