Good Spring Conditions

Location Name: 
Thunderbolt Mountain
Region: 
Other
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 03/25/2019 - 13:35
Location Map: 
United States
44° 43' 57.3024" N, 115° 38' 23.748" W
US


Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Rapid warming

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

Drifted snow from prior day's storm on NE aspects, snow transport onto west aspects in the AM. Variety of crusts on different aspects from solar radiation and rain, new snow bonded poorly and wind slabs were 2-6" thick on leeward ridges. Loose snow management was the name of the game with dry, sluff on steep NE aspects in the AM and warmer, wetter loose snow on West through Southwest aspects in PM. Thanks to post-holing, I dug into a south aspect in the early PM and crust was easily breakable and moist snow for 25+ cm below crust. 

Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

Skied on East, Northeast, West, and Southwest aspects. Variable conditions on all, East and Southwest skied best. Dust on crust for the most part, solar aspects softened the new snow on the surface.  Small wind slab/ new loose snow movement in the AM, fairly manageable. Skied last run to the road as rollerballs were picking up momentum at lower elevations. Great Spring skiing!

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
South
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Overcast/broken clouds in the AM, light south winds with moderate gusts, transporting snow on north/northeast aspects. Air temp. was cool in AM, around freezing above 8000 ft. Clouds broke around 1330 and temps shot up, winds shifted to southwest in PM.