Ring Finger Area

Location Name: 
Ring Finger Area
Region: 
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 01/22/2020 - 10:26
Location Map: 
United States
36° 34' 5.0592" N, 105° 25' 30.3024" W
US



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

Went to check out West facing slopes as most of the action recently has been on North and East aspects.  Continue to get loud audible collapsing whumf's and shooting cracks below treeline.  In snowpits dug below treeline on West aspects we found an overall shallow snowpack (110 cm) with several faceted crusts throughout the snowpack. 

The snow from yesterday was 3 to 6 inches in places. Areas above treeline this new snow had been transported into wind slabs.  Looking across the valley at No Name (North Aspect) you could see the impacts of the winds above treeline.

A pit dug just above treeline on a West facing slope had many of the same characteristics as the one below.  Strong WSW winds over the previous couple of weeks have left many of these slopes with shallow overall snowpacks.  These strong winds have produced incredibly hard wind packed slabs (knife hard) that are now buried around 1 mm facets.  We also found 3 to 5 mm depth hoar on the ground.

Photo 1: New snow from 1/21 that has been transported above treeline.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

A mix of sun and clouds today.  Winds were calm to light with no snow being transported.  When in the sun it felt warm but temperatures have remained below freezing below 8000'