Avalanche Warning 1/24/17

Location Name: 
Williams Lake Area
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 01/24/2017 - 12:31
Location Map: 
United States
36° 33' 23.9148" N, 105° 25' 58.9584" W

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

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

An incredible series of storms that we have had...  We are finding 4 to 5 feet of snow since Friday in many spots and we haven't been able to make it to the ridgetops where transportable snow has surely made storm slabs 6 to 8 feet deep in spots on N through E aspects.  Visibility was incredibly difficult today so it was hard to get observations on avalanches.  A lot more snow fell today than was expected.  Travel was incredibly deep and difficult.  We will hopefully have better observations tomorrow with better visibility.  I just called it the Williams Lake Area as we were traveling long distances and on different aspects.

Photo 1: Snow pit showing the persistent slab and storm slab problem that we have right now.

Photo 2: Strom Slab Avalanche on South Aspect above the TSV parking lot.  

Photo 3: Roof Avalanches are a major concern right now in Red River and Taos Ski Valley!  Notice the windward for the leeward side of the roof!

Video 1: Explaining the Avalanche Problems and we nearly doubled our snowpack in spots with these series of storms!

Snowpack photos: 
Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 

4-5 feet this week, with buried slab.....

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
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