Snow Slide

Location Name: 
Snow Slide
Region: 
Lick Creek Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 01/27/2019 - 13:06
Location Map: 
United States
44° 58' 51.3876" N, 115° 55' 37.1676" W
US


Red Flags: 
Rapid warming

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

Snow pit-  West facing at 7,700’.  HS-195 cm.  Pit wall in photo upper 100 cm. right side up.  Light rain crust at 25 cm, hard to feel, found it with bare hand.  One other wind crust at 60 cm below surface.  Pit was chosen in protected area sun crust and wind board not to far away.  Area was highly variable.

ECTN, Full body weight did not initiate any results.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

All photos taken in the vicinity of the snow pit at about 7,700’:

1st photo - snow pit

2nd photo - results of ECTN, gloves on snow surface.  Shovel resting on surface after full body weight.

3rd photo, the only cracking observed today.

4th photo – sun crust.

5th photo – near surface facets below sun crust in above photo.

6th photo – possible glide crack.

Some north aspects in the upper east fork of lake creek had surface hoar.  Overall, I think the warm weather is helping the upper snow surface retain structure.  I was expecting weaker snow above the rain crust.

2nd photo - results of ECTN, gloves on snow surface.  Shovel resting on surface after full body weight.

Snow surface very dependent on sun exposure.  Damp snow on solar aspects to at least 8,000’.

Overall a Moderate Hazard.  My main concern was wet snow slides.

Weather Observations
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Wind Speed: 
Light
Wind Direction: 
West
More detailed information about the weather: 

A bit of a west breeze mid day, no transport observed.