Windy at Virginia Lakes

Location Name: 
Virginia Lakes above Red Lake
Region: 
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 01/04/2021 - 14:00
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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We went out for a tour by Virginia Lakes this afternoon to check in on the storm. We travelled above Red Lake to 10,500 ft. Winds were strong to extreme and gusty out of the SW, and snowfall was light to moderate and heavily wind effected. It seemed like only around 1-2 inches of dense snow had fallen by our exit around 4PM. 

We observed some small cracking from the fresh wind slabs on loaded terrain features and cornices growing even near the trailhead. The new slabs were generally only 2-4 inches thick but on one more loaded slope on our last run we found a 6 inch deep wind slab that was stubborn to produce cracking. 
 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Gale Force
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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