New Snow Obs

Location Name: 
Hwy 108/Leavitt Junction
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 01/25/2018 - 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: 

Quick afternoon tour up the road from the 2nd gate to around Leavitt Road junction to get an idea of last nights snowfall.  found 20cm (8") of low density new snow.  Stayed well below treeline due to lack of time so did not get to assess wind slab development in the alpine, but observed strong blowing snow at ridgeline with winds from the west/southwest.  In and around road found some drifts up to 25cm (10") but these areas did not show much slab development.  Suspect more at higher elevations.  In open areas below treeline had easy-moderate results with hand shears down 40cm on facets, below a 5cm P+ crust.  In a few different locations noted the old/new interface showing some slight near surface faceting in the 19-20th snow now buried.  No cracking or collapsing while traveling today but did see what looked like a mid-storm windslab, D2.  Northeast aspect about 9,800'.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Strong W/SW winds and blowing snow all day.  Clouds increasing from FEW to SCT.  Air temp -4 deg C at 1pm.