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Conditions During the Storm, Old Ski Bowl, Mount Shasta

Location Name: 
Mount Shasta
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 04/01/2019 - 1:30pm
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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 22' 40.1628" N, 122° 12' 12.4344" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


  • 20190401 @ 1300 hrs - Sorenson/Beverly - Mount Shasta, Old Ski Bowl below, near and above treeline during the storm
  • SKY: Obscured 100%, foggy, visibility < .25 mile
  • PRECIP: Snowing lightly, < 1in/hr, raining below 8,500 feet
  • BLOWING SNOW: yes, in isolated, exposed areas above treeline 
  • AIR TEMP: 32 °F @ 9,200 feet
  • SURFACE PEN: Boot: 6-24 inches. Punchy moist to wet snow with boot penetration up to knees in spots
  • Height of New Snow (HN): 2-3 inches
  • NOTES: Snow level near 8,500 feet.  Two to three inches of moist new snow sits atop a deep snowpack with many melt-freeze crusts. Snowpack tests indicated resistant planar fractures were possible with hard force failing above a melt-freeze crust 12 inches down. No propagation was observed on this layer (ECTN22).


  • 2-3 inches of new snow on top of unsupportable moist old snow surface


Weather Observations


A wet spring storm blew this morning bringing rain and high snow levels at about 8,500 feet. Two to three inches of wet snow was observed at 9,200 feet in Old Ski Bowl.  Light winds were blowing out of the south/southeast. Little blowing snow was observed. Temperatures were trending cooler at 1400 when we returned to Bunny Flat trailhead. 


Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
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