Long Canyon Snowpit

Location Name: 
Facet/Crust Combos
Region: 
Long Canyon Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 02/21/2020 - 14:00



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

Went for a tour out to Long Canyon. In the morning a breakable, hard melt freeze crust was found on the surface on West through South aspects at all elevations. By noon temperatures rose to well above freezing below 11,000 feet, softening the snow surface dramatically. The snowpack at low elevations is quickly melting out.

Above treeline on SE slopes we found several facet crust combo's throughout the snowpack. See Video. These crusts are very hard, and in some cases made it difficult to dig down beneath them. Harder slabs overlay these facet/crust combos. In long column tests these various facet layers continue to fail with moderate to hard force. These weak layers are continuing to persist, and are not showing signs of healing.   

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

A warm day with temperatures climbing into the mid 30's at mid elevations. Calm to light Western winds with an occasional gust into the low 20's. No precipitation.