Snowpit from PCT Crossing

Location Name: 
PCT Crossing
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 03/16/2017 - 13:30
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Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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Conditions in the BWRA today were a continuation of the warm and mostly sunny weather seen over the past 10 days.  Winds were a bit stronger and high clouds filtered out the most intense solar radiation.  The clouds and winds also prevented melting of the snow surface on most non-southerly aspects.  A thin sun crust was present on east facing aspects as well as some northerly aspects.  I dug a snowpit on a east facing, 34* slope at 10,200' in the PCT crossing area.  The snowpack here was mostly uniform with 1-finger to pencil hard rounded grains capped by a melt-freeze crust-wet snow-sun crust combo in the top 5 cm.  As expected, stability tests did not reveal anything of concern.  Even though it has been warm for the past 10 days, most non-solar upper-elevation slopes contain 99% dry snow, with wet snow only present on the surface during the afternoon.  A winter time snowpack is still present in most areas throughout the BWRA. 

Photo Captions:

1:  Snow profile from the PCT crossing area

2:  Photo of snowpit

3:  Sun crust present of east facing aspects in the PCT crossing area

4: Sun crusts seen on Voodoo Bowl

5:  Debris from an old avalanche above Leavitt Meadows

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
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Temperature at 10,200' was about 40* F and winds were gusting to moderate strength out of the NW.  High clouds were moving in ahead of a weak system expected this weekend.