Loose Wet in the BWRA

Location Name: 
Leavitt Lake and Koenig Lake
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 03/13/2021 - 13:00
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Rapid warming

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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We snowmobiled up to Leavitt and Koenig Lakes today and went for a short tour above Koenig. Skies were clear, temperatures were warm (3 degrees C @ 10,000 ft @ 2PM), and winds were light out of the north. Total recent snowfall at Koenig Lake is around a foot. We only observed a small amount of blowing snow off of some high ridge tops. 

The sunny skies led to significant solar heating and the fresh snow got wet on E-S-W aspects today. We observed many areas with natural rollerballs, and several D1 loose wet slides in steep ESE facing couloirs above Leavitt Lake.  

Wind slabs were not very sensitive today. Many riders were out skiing and highmarking steep terrain with no results other than some minor sluffing. We only observed minor stubborn cracking in the new snow in the most loaded spots near tree line. We did not venture above tree line but the snow did appear more wind affected up there. 

The 108 unfortunately has a lot of pavement showing for the first several miles. 

We saw some riders today riding without helmets. Please remember that they're mandatory in CA by state law. 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
North
Accumulation rate: 
None
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