Warming was muted today with morning cloud cover then heavy solar input mid day and building clouds again in the afternoon. The sky began Broken in the morning and cleared to Few clouds in the middle of the day then back to Scattered and maybe even Broken with an hour or two of direct radiation. See photo of afternoon cumulus cloud growth.
For avalanche problems we saw isolated surface instability that was only underneath the skis. See video.
Snow coverage continues to deteriorate, especially in areas around existing snow fields and thin areas around trees, rocks and cliffs. E-SE-S-SW-W aspects are the most common areas to see this deterioration of snow coverage Transitional snowpack conditions exist on NW-N-NE aspects. There is a time in our spring season when we see these aspects consolidate and warm on the surface without being punchy and unsupportable. This will probably start to occur in the next week or so with continued warm temperatures but we aren’t there yet.
Field Weather Observation:
Location Lower Santiago Bowl
Wind L gusting M from SW
Blow Snow None
Surface Form/Size MFcr 2.0
Pen Boot/Pen Ski 5cm/1cmClose