Finally some new snow

Location Name: 
Williams Lake Area
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 12/22/2017 - 11:00
Location Map: 
United States
36° 32' 39.8904" N, 105° 26' 7.3032" W

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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It’s nice to see a fresh coat of paint on the mountains!  3-6” of powder snow fell last night, so my partner and I walked up to the Williams Lake area to check it out.  

The new snow came in with very little wind, and fell onto a variety of surfaces, including facets, slabs, crusts, and bare ground.  Generally, this new snow bonded poorly to the surfaces of preexisting snow, which means there’s a lot of new snow available for transport tonight and tomorrow if the winds pick up. 

Looking into the snowpack today showed a common theme of layer-cake-like structure on high, shady, wind loaded slopes.  Though the specific layers vary quite a bit from place to place, its safe to say that on these slopes we have a weak overall snowpack structure. See photos. 

By the time we walked back down to the truck, the new snow had already melted almost completely from south facing slopes.  And yes, unfortunately you did read that correctly- walking is still the most sensible way to get downhill in the mountains these days.  Let’s stay positive though, and appreciate the shots of snow like this when we get ‘em! 

Picture 1- Snowpit profile N/NE 12000' 70cm

Picture 2- Weak snowpack structure, N aspect Above Treeline 

Picture 3- Facet/Crust combinations 

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
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