Middle Fork Drainage

Location Name: 
Middle Fork Drainage
Region: 
Red River Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 03/01/2020 - 12:11
Location Map: 
United States
36° 36' 27.09" N, 105° 25' 14.0808" W
US


Red Flags: 
Obvious avalanche path

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

Went to check out Middle Fork Drainage on the Red River side today. We found an overall shallow snowpack that had faceted crusts and cohesive slabs on top of weak faceted layers.  We continue to get failure and propagation in Extended Column Tests with moderate force.  Below Treeline has a firm crust that never softened up today. Solar aspects have a crust on the surface with soft snow still found on North and shady aspects.  West facing slopes are mostly scoured above treeline with overhanging cornices on the leeward side of ridgelines. 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
More detailed information about the weather: 

Clouds rolled in mid-morning but not measurable precip.  Winds looked to be moderate at ridgelines on the higher peaks.  Temperatures were warming during the day but seemed to be colder than what was forecasted with temps only reaching upper 30's at 9000' mid-day.