Storm Update 3/24

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Storm Update 3/24
Region: 
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 03/24/2017 - 14:21
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United States
36° 33' 40.2948" N, 105° 26' 20.5908" W
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Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
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Nice to finally be back in winter.  What a crazy storm with 2' of snow and 2.5" of Snow Water Equivalent all of which fell overnight.  Heavy snow made trail breaking brutal!  Winds only seemed to be a factor near and above treeline with snow available for transport and winds out of the NW.   Naturals were observed at all elevations and aspects.  Peak instability was sometime in the early morning hours.  Wind slabs were forming near and above treeline.  We started our day in the afternoon and and the sun started popping out in the late afternoon with rollerballs on West and South Aspects.  Loose wet snow avalanches will be a concern tomorrow.  We also still have wet snow in spots that did not freeze.  Wet facets were observed which was the layer of concern.  This is not going to be widespread, and is going to be slope to slope specific but a real concern going forward.

Photo 1: Snowpit from and East Aspect around 11,200' Wet facets were the layer of conern with an ECTP 16 SP.

Photo 2: A pleasant change to see fresh snow on the trail.  24" of snow and about 2.5" of SWE for the storm!

Video 1: Explaining the concerns going forward... Loose Wet, Persistent and Wind Slabs.  Welcolme back to Winter!

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