Long Canyon Ridgeline

Location Name: 
Long Canyon Ridgeline
Long Canyon Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 12/08/2019 - 10:24
Location Map: 
United States
36° 37' 3.8712" N, 105° 27' 38.9952" W

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

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

Went up Long's Canyon during the storm.  Snow level was at about 8000'.  6 to 8 inches of snow fell since the morning, which was low density snow.  We did not observe any slab build up with only light winds.  Graupel layer was widespread near treeline on slopes but did not observe any noticeable layer below treeline.  Where we do find depth hoar (north through east aspects) stability tests continue to get moderate force with the ability to propagate.  We did notice small grained facets, more pronounced in between two slabs.  Failure was still on the depth hoar.  We were only finding low density snow on top of the graupel layer.

Photo 1: Snowpit on a NE aspect at 12,000' that shows the graupel layer, depth hoar on the bottom 

Photo 2: Quick hand pit with the new snow on top of the graupel layer.


Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
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: 

Light snow during the morning, with higher accumulation amounts at higher altitudes.  Winds were light 5 to 10 MPH out of the West even at ridgetops.