Moist snow in the BWRA

Location Name: 
BWRA
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 03/15/2022 - 16:00
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Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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Today was a wet and soggy day to be traveling in the mountains around Bridgeport.  Our objective was to seek sheltered terrain and to gather information on new snow amounts and wind slab development with the forecasted strong winds around the BWRA.  Leaving town this morning felt quite warm and rain showers were prominent on our drive to the trailhead.  Once we parked our truck at 7,500 ft we noticed the rain started mixing with snow, and at approximately 8000 ft precipitation transitioned to all snow and winds ramped up into the moderate range out of the SW.  This new snow was dense and was falling on moist surfaces from the previous warm days, even on more shaded aspects.  The upper 10 cm of the snowpack was comprised of wet grains in most areas we traveled.  It appeared the new snow was bonding well to the old snow interface in this area.  As we skinned higher near ridge-top at 9800 ft, we started seeing signs of wind drifting snow and areas of shallow wind slab development.  On test slopes, these shallow wind slabs appeared stubborn with some isolated cracking observed.  As the afternoon progressed, we started seeing signs of roller balls in steep terrain, which was an indication of warming temperatures and moist snow surfaces. 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Mixed rain and snow
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
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