Above Sardine Wall

Location Name: 
Above Sardine Wall
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:30
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Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Professional Observer
Snowpit Observations
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We toured above the Sardine Wall. Cold temps with new snow accumualtions of 3" at the Sonora Snotel and up to 4" in higher elevations. We revisited some of the same areas as the day before.  Roughly at 9600' we conducted small column tests and found the snowpack stubborn to failures. Within two consecutive compression tests we found a desity change in the uppermost new snow CTM 15cm Q2. Following on after intial results we had a repeatable Break (Q3) in a crust CTM @ 35cm from the surface. We observed the winds shifting from SW to N & new cornice formations on south facing slopes at ridgeline.  The snow that fell overnight did not appear to be extremley wind effected but was being transported more throughout the day.  We observed very minor cracking with no collapses and no natural avalanches.  Good fresh turns!!  

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
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On the drive home to Bridgeport we observed very strong winds and heavy blowing snow on ridgelines above the valley from N/NE winds.