Lake Fork Peak

Location Name: 
Lake Fork Peak
Region: 
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 02/08/2020 - 12:35


Red Flags: 

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

Went to check out what the winds had done above treeline over the last couple of days.  Winds have stripped and scoured most aspects except for NE through SE which had wind loaded slopes.  Wind slabs were not reactive, and these slopes had hard slabs that have formed over the last couple of days of strong winds.  Other slopes that were not loaded had inverted tracks.  Northerly aspects don't have the melt-freeze crust from 2/2 but have buried near surface facets below very hard slabs that formed on 2/3.  We continue to get these near surface facets to fail with moderate force with full propagation in extended column tests.

Very warm day with no cloud cover that was forecasted for today.  South aspects had wet snow by mid-day with slopes below 9000' warming quickly with the warm temperatures.

Photo 1: Wind impacted slopes on Vallecito Peak with a natural avalanche below the rocks that happened previously

Photo 2: Inverted tracks from the recent strong wind

 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

A sunny warm day with temperatures getting above freezing below 10.500'.  Winds were only at the ridgetops with wind speeds in the 20 mph range out of the West.  No snow was being transported as there was no snow available for transport after the winds over the last two days.