Low Elevation Pillows

Location Name: 
Twin Lakes
Region: 
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 02/12/2019 - 11:07
Location Map: 


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

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Cold temperatures have preserved the recent snowfall & powder conditions prevailed. Dry Loose avalanche activity, orginating from snow falling from trees & bushes, was seen throughout the day on all aspects. There was the presence of transported snow being blown around, snow vortices! 135cm snowpack in my transition location with a right-side-up structure. Some areas had surface wind skin forming as the day progressed. Sublimating snow & wet surface snow as we left the tour was sticking to the split. Wind Slabs were being created by Strong to Gale force winds from the west & swirling.

Snowpack photos: 
Windy
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

One of the windiest days I've had in mountains in a while. I observed several snow tornados in the above treeline zones. A cold morning with swirling winds & sunshine.