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North Winds and Corn Skiing in Avalanche Gulch

Location Name: 
Avalanche Gulch
Region: 
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 02/04/2018 - 1:00pm
Observation made by: 
Forecaster
Red Flags: 
Rapid warming

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 23' 19.518" N, 122° 12' 36.4032" W
California US

Snowpack Observations

Details

Despite the warm temperatures, a good melt-freeze cycle has begun. Coverage is getting thin below treeline. Snow surfaces were variable and firm in Avalanche Gulch yesterday. Southerly slopes below 9,500 ft softened by the middle of the day and made for pretty good corning skiing all the way back to Bunny Flat. No avalanches or signs of instability were observed. No active rime icefall was seen either.

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Weather Observations

Details

Above 9,000 ft, north winds were strong with gusts over 40 mph in the afternoon. Skies remained clear. Temperatures stayed above freezing throughout the day.

Statistics

Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Blowing Snow: 
No
Precipitation: 
None
Accumulation rate: 
None
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Wind Direction: 
North