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Location Name:Parks Creek Summit Area
Date and time of observation:Wed, 03/08/2023 - 2:30pm
Observation made by:Forecaster
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States41° 20' 35.448" N, 122° 32' 15.8172" W
See map: Google Maps
Cloud Cover:75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature:Below Freezing
Air temperature trend:Warming
Caught somewhat of a mid-afternoon break in the weather today, with light snow and little wind. The Eddy Mountains have seen variable and uneven new snow distribution due to shifty wind and different storm tracks, but none-the-less, there is a bunch of new snow out there and it's deep. In the Deadfall Lake drainage, up to two feet of new snow was measured on top of a thin melt/freeze crust that formed on March 2nd. This crust is not everywhere, only sunny slopes and lower elevation terrain. We have not observed any avalanches on this crust.
Soft storm slabs were the main avalanche problem of the day. Three small, natural avalanches were observed, on east and west/northwest facing slopes, all near and below treeline terrain. All avalanches were within the top 4–8 inches of new snow. This weak layer within new storm snow was teased out in a "burp-the-baby" test. (See photo) No avalanches stepped down to deeper layers. The wind today was mostly absent, though a lot of low density snow is available for transport. One shallow, natural wind slab was observed on a W/NW facing slope.