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20191217 - 1400 hrs - Beverly - Cliff Lake BasinParks Creek Summit Trailhead parking area, 5,800 feet
- SKY: Overcast
- PRECIP: None
- BLO-SNOW: Yes
- AIR TEMP: Below freezing
- SURF PEN: 1.2 in (3 cm)
- HEIGHT OF SNOWPACK: 17 in (44 cm) at 5,800 ft
- HEIGHT OF NEW SNOW: 0
- WIND: Light to moderate
Snowpack is a knife hard block of ice from the ground up with a thin layer (1.2 in / 3 cm) of unbounded granular snow above which is a mix of recrystalized and defragmented snow and hoar frost. Hoar frost mostly exists in exposed areas unaffected by the wind. Above treeline, this thin layer is replaced by a mix of rimed snow, breakable sun crusts, wind board, and sastrugis.
Wind was transporting snow and very small isolated wind slabs had formed but were stubborn to trigger.
Lakes host supportable ice with the same thin layer of unbounded granular snow.