Wildy Bowl NTL & ATL

Location Name: 
Wildy Bowl NTL & ATL
Region: 
Williams Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 12/07/2019 - 10:00
Location Map: 
United States
36° 33' 36.882" N, 105° 26' 23.91" W
US


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

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

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We took advantage of the nice weather to check out several aspects near tree line and above tree line. Snowpits continue to show the development of weak basal facets, especially where the snowpack is shallower. 

The visible layer of graupel on the top of the snowpack is widespread and very sugary. While currently not a layer of concern, the incoming Sunday-Monday storm will add weight on top of the loose graupel. This will be a big concern.

We observed a faceted layer at all elevations deep in the snowpack (1mm-2mm in size).

 

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

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We observed moderate winds coming from the west. As evident from the photo of Lake Fork Peak, this wind redistributed the graupel layer below ridge lines. Swirling wind within the north facing bowls caused the graupel layers to distribute in widespread ares. We did not see any signs of a wind slab. It was a sunny day, and solar aspects received a lot of sun. Temps were warming.