11/20-11/22 Storm

Location Name: 
No Name Area
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 11/22/2019 - 12:06
Location Map: 
United States
36° 32' 33.7632" N, 105° 25' 41.6712" W

Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

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

15 to 20" of new snow with the storm from the last two day that was mostly supportable on skis.  In most areas the new snow fell on bare ground.  Above 10,000' on Northerly and shady aspects this new snow fell on 5 to 15cm of 1 to 3mm facets.  Where the new snow fell on the existing snow from 3 weeks ago we were getting whumphing and collapsing with shooting cracks. Visibility was limited so we weren't able to see any wind transport at ridgetops.   

Photo 1: Snowpit at about 12,000' on a North Aspect.  

Photo 2: Snowpit at 10,800' on a WNW Aspect.  This slope had a enough shade to preserve the snow that fell on October 28th

Photo 3:  Shooting cracks from a collapse we caused while traveling on a North Aspect around 11,500'

Check out a snowpack video on current conditions in the backcountry

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Oragraphic snow today that was accumulating to less than an inch throughout the day.  Temperatures remained cold with a light Northwest wind.