Strong Winds at Leavitt Junction

Location Name: 
Leavitt Junction
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 02/25/2019 - 13:00
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Professional Observer
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

The wind has affected the BWRA with significant impact. SW facing slopes have been under attack by gale force winds stripping the snow. As a result, large pillows and cornices have deloped in N-NE-E slopes. I Traveled alone today so I did not investigate any further but the wind loading was apparent and made me apprehensive to travel in certain terrain.  

Snowpack photos: 
Wind Affected Surface at Leavitt Junction
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Gale Force
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Strong SW winds created ground blizzard conditions that reduced visibility and created unpleasant riding conditions. Winds were strong enough to shake the sled trailer at the trailhead. Light snow started to fall as I left the BWRA around 3:00 PM.  Fast moving clouds at noon interrupted any blue skies I had in the morning.