McKay Creek Fresh Snow

Location Name: 
McKay Creek
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 03/12/2021 - 13:00
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Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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We snowmobiled up to Sardine Meadow and toured around McKay Creek today. Skies slowly cleared through the day with overcast skies and light snow falling in the morning and scattered clouds in the early evening. Temperatures were relatively cool. Winds were light out of the north and most noticable at ridge tops. 

There was 8-12 inches of fresh snow from the last few days resting above old hard crusts. Last night's snow (5-7") was very soft and mostly unaffected by wind, except at ridge tops in the alpine. Touring up to 10,000 ft we observed some very minor cracking in the fresh snow, but it was not very slabby. The problem felt confined to loose dry or very soft slabs. Higher in the alpine there appeared to be more wind effect, and probably some more slabby and sensitive wind slabs. 

Descending around 2:30 PM, the sun was poking through the clouds at times, and it was enough to begin to heat up the snow on S and SW aspects. The top couple inches of fresh snow were getting moist and it made for some sticky skiing. 

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
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Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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