Sunny skies and warm temperatures today. Winds were very gusty from the W and NW. Blowing snow was observed above 6000 ft with huge snow plumes coming off the upper mountain.
The weather changed abruptly at 3pm with increasing winds, clouds, and ultimately precipitation.
Feb 28, 2022
Edith Creek, Golden Gate, Sluskin Falls: Paradise
Mar 12, 2022
Mazama Back Bowl
|WL-Wet Loose||O-Old Snow||
We saw one new natural loose wet avalanche on a steep SE slopes at 5900ft, and triggered ~6 other small loose wet slides in similar terrain.
You can still see numerous debris piles from the Feb 28th cycle on many slopes. Some crowns are still visible as well.
Southerly: The upper 5-8cm of the snowpack became wet and unstable. Even still we found small 1mm facets above the Early March Crust on southerly slopes. While these grains failed easily in some tests, they were much more stubborn in others. This seemed to be tied to the depth of the overlying snow. The deeper the snow over the crust, the easier the failures and the weaker the facets.
Northerly: Generally found 25-35cm (10-14") of snow over the Early March Crust. A weak breakable crust formed on the surface Friday. This new crust (3/12) was 2-5cm (1-2") thick. 1-2mm well developed facets were seen above the Early March layer. These weak grains consistently failed in tests. Despite their deeper nature at Paradise (compared to Crystal and Snoqualmie), they still didn't seem to have enough of a slab to be an issue today.