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During the storm in the Eddy Mountains
Location Name:Parks Creek, Deadfall Lakes
Date and time of observation:Sat, 02/02/2019 - 1:00pm
Observation made by:Forecaster
Red Flags:Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States41° 18' 43.4088" N, 122° 29' 45.5352" W
20190202 - Eddy Mountains via Parks Creek Road. Parking approximately 3/4 mile below Caldwell Lakes trailhead.
- A snowy, misty, cloudy day in the Eddy mountains today with partial clearing in the late afternoon. Snow levels lingered around 5,500 feet. Wet snow was observed < 7,000 feet with dryer snow above.
- Sky: 100% obscured / Precip: S-1 all day / Wind: light in drainages with local gusts, moderate along ridgelines out of the south. Wind loading: yes, northerly aspects.
- New snow totals, as of 1300 hours this afternoon:
- scoured to 3-4 inches on ridgelines/windy terrain.
- 6-8 inches overall average
- 10-12 inches leeward terrain
- drifts measured up to 30 inches
- Cornice formation minimal.
- Minor cracking along corniced ridgeline. Cornices and cracking inconsequetial.
- Right side up snow configuration. Old snow/new snow bonding very good. No recent avalanches observed.
- Several density changes within the new storm snow were noted, at 5 and 17 inches from surface. Resistant planar ECT tests were able to produce clean shears at both layers, though without full propagation. Failure on a slope scale could be possible with further loading.
- Overall, good snow stability was observed.
- Poor visibility for most of the day. Brief clearing late in afternoon.
- Continuous snow throughout the day. Precipitation diminished in afternoon.
- South wind was light below and in protected areas near treeline. Wind could be felt above treeline and exposed ridges.
- Temps on a cooling trend
- Snow level 5,500 feet today
Cloud Cover:100% of the sky covered by clouds
Accumulation rate:Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature:Below Freezing
Air temperature trend:Cooling