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Cliff Lake area, old avalanches, large cornices
Location Name:Cliff Lake
Date and time of observation:Mon, 02/18/2019 - 1:30pm
Observation made by:Forecaster
96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States41° 11' 49.9236" N, 122° 29' 18.4704" W
- old avalanches from the Valentines Day or just prior avalanche cycle still being discovered
- large cornices dawn ridgelines along the crest of the Cliff Lake cirque. Some cornices were massive. Even small ones were difficult to trigger.
- supportable, widespread crust below 6-8 inches of dry powder
- sun crusts and wind affected snow beginning to take form on sunny and exposed aspects, all elevations.
- shady, northerly slopes still holding dry powder
- ridgelines scoured and firm
- thick rime on trees, growing to the south (from southerly storms)
- rain runnels and lumpy snowpack below 7,000 feet
- some stream crossings open with running water
- all lakes are frozen solid
- total height of snow approximately 8 feet below treeline
- snowmobile access parking at Buddah Hole along South Fork Sac river, terrible jeeper tracks and hard ruts until second bridge.
- clear, cold
- windy out of the northwest
Accumulation rate:Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature:Below Freezing
Air temperature trend:Static