Varying Snowpack Depths

Location Name: 
Goose Lake Area
Red River Area
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 02/08/2017 - 12:52
Location Map: 
United States
36° 38' 43.9116" N, 105° 27' 3.8484" W

Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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I apoligize for the lateness of this obs, 10 hour days can turn into 14 hour days pretty quickly.  Ross and I toured up into the Goose Lake area on Wednesday.  Winds have really done a number on our snowpack.  Winds have predominately been out of the WSW but due to the canyon effect we were finding upslope winds on North aspects.  This has produced a much shallower snowpack in the Goose Lake area with a snowpack depth of 95cm.  Mostly hard slabs above treeline, but in the shallower snowpack the basal facets were still a concern and willing to propagate (See Video).  ECTP28 SC   PST60/100 SP.  

Softer wind slabs were observed in the Long Canyon drainage, where it was a little less impacted from the strong winds and with an overall deeper snowpack.  

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
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Winds were incredibly strong at ridgetops, and were swirling.  Snow was still being transported over in the Wheeler Peak and Lake Fork area.