New Snow in the BWRA

Location Name: 
Leavitt Lake
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 03/21/2017 - 13:00
Location Map: 


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

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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Rode up to Leavitt Lake today and found a mix bag of weather and snow conditions, dependent on elevation.  There was a rain/snow mix up to 7500', 5" of heavy new snow at around 8000', and about a foot of heavy new snow around 9500' with strong winds.  Precipitation seemed more showery in nature with breaks in the clouds at different locations along Hwy 108.  From what I saw, the new snow appeared to be bonding well to the underlying snowpack, which was either wet snow or a wet crust.  I suspect the new snow is not bonding as quickly where slick sun and melt-freeze crusts are present.

Photo Captions:

1:  A foot of heavy new snow was found up near Leavitt Lake

2:  The sun was trying to break through in between snow showers

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More and more open sections of roadway are showing up each day.  Excerise caution and take it easy when riding up 108 to the BWRA to avoid any sudden gaps in the snowpack on the road.

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