Lake Fork Peak

Location Name: 
Lake Fork Peak
Region: 
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 01/31/2020 - 11:21


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

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

We picked up 1 to 2 inches of snow overnight that was very low density. Most of the new snow fell on crusts to hard slabs formed by the wind above treeline.   The new snow was easily being transported by the moderate west winds at ridgetops but was not forming into cohesive slabs.   Skiing and riding conditions have really improved in the last several days.  A couple of small loose snow avalanches on steep East aspects this morning.  Otherwise not much is changing out there.  South aspects were taking heat mid day and will likely form a sun crust.  

Temperatures are supposed to warm over the weekend, so this may be the last cold day until Monday when there is a potential of a storm.

Photo 1: 2 inches of snow fell at higher elevations.  This was low density snow that was easily transported by the moderate west winds but was not forming slabs.

Photo 2: Snow being transported on Lake Fork Peak.  

 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Cold start to the morning with temperatures in single digits.  When in the sun and not in the wind it felt warm.  Winds were moderate out of the W and was transporting the new snow that fell overnight.  Temperatures were warming during the day but still remaining well below freezing.