•Wind hovered between light and moderate out of the N throughout the day
•Large amounts of snow were available for transport, and wind drifting was evident on features
•Precip rate ramped up from S1+ to S2 throughout the morning into the afternoon
While testing for instability and reactivity, we were only able to trigger very small (D.5-1) wind slabs in isolated areas.
With the total height of snow being 72cm, the snowpack structure is full of facets in the Blewett area. From top to bottom:
•8cm of fresh snow lay on the surface
•Some buried surface hoar remains, mixed in with other stronger grain types
•The old crusts from early December are healing and dissolving, but still present for now
•The 11/22 facets that have been located at the bottom of snowpack for some time now are starting to resemble depth hoar (see photo)
While our stability test results didn't show signs of propagation, we still did not travel on steep terrain due to concerns over this snowpack structure/persistent slab problem in the forecast
We observed the potential and small signs of dry loose and wind slab problems.