BWRA - McKay Creek

Location Name: 
BWRA - McKay Creek
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 02/25/2021 - 13:00
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Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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Snowmobiled up to Sardine Meadow and went for a tour up McKay Creek this afternoon. Skies were partly cloudy with some thin high clouds and temps were warm. Winds were light in protected areas but strong out of the NW at ridge tops. 

The sun heated up southerly aspects today. Near and below tree line, out of the wind, the surface snow was wet and occasionally unsupportable. It probably would have been possible to trigger a small loose wet avalanche in a steep spot. In wind exposed areas near ridge tops, the wind was keeping the surface cooler and preventing any hazardous warming. You could still find some decent corn up there but it wasn't wet enough to avalanche. I observed several very small natural loose wet avalanches and rollerballs off of rocks and cornices that likely ocurred on 2/22. Northerly aspects near ridge tops were holding variable, wind affected dry snow, with some surfaces being very hard and slick. 

Today's strong NW winds were able to find a small amount of snow to transport. I observed blowing snow at ridge tops loading E through S aspects, but the fresh wind deposits were very small and shallow, not continuous, and isolated to just below the ridge. I observed some minor cracking in these fresh wind deposits, but they posed no significant hazard in the terrain I was in. 

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
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