NE Aspect 11, 750' Williams Lake Area

Location Name: 
Above Williams Lake
Region: 
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 12/13/2016 - 09:51
Location Map: 
United States
36° 32' 58.3008" N, 105° 26' 12.5556" W
US



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

The snowpack remains variable overall, but we seem to have formed a layer cake with different wind slabs from last week sandwiched by buried near surface facets.  These persistent weak layers were very noticable in our pit (See Photo Below).  Depth Hoar near the ground was still evident in most spots.  Stability tests continued to show that the depth hoar remains a concern at the bottom of the snowpack.  Travel still remains supportable above Williams Lake, yet winds from this past week have wrecked havoc above treeline scouring some slopes and loading others.   

Photo 1: Buried Near Surface Facets identified in the snowpit.  This weak snow had 1 Finger had wind slabs in between these layers,  See Snowpit for more details.

Photo 2: Lake Fork Peak with snow on NE - E- SE aspects but no snow on the N side.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Calm
Wind Direction: 
West