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Conditions After the Storm
Conditions after Sunday's storm:
- Observation Location: Gray Butte
- Elevation: 7,800 ft
- Date: 20210125
- Time: 1100-1300
- Observer: Ryan Sorenson
- Sky Conditions: Few (FEW) then Broken (BKN) with various fog layers.
- Current Precipitation: Type - Light snow showers.
- Air Temperature: 19 °F
- Surface Penetration: Ski penetration (PS) = 6 in ( 15 cm)
- Total Snow Depth (HS): 44 in (111 cm)
- 24-hour New Snow Depth (HN24): 8 in (20 cm)
- 24-hour New Snow Water Equivalent (HN24W): 0.35
- Wind Direction: Variable
- Wind Speed: Calm to Light, 0-5 mi/hr
Between 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. yesterday, around 8 inches of new snow fell. Temperatures have remained in the teens since. Snow surfaces show little signs of previous wind. No concerning signs of wind slab formation were seen. New snow sits atop 2 inches of slightly denser snow. A thick rain crust below that is sealing off the lower snowpack. The surface snows are light and fist hard. It was possible to feel the icy rain crust while skinning and making deep turns. We were able to start some small point releases on terrain steeper than 40 degrees. Other than that, no signs of avalanches were observed.