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Etna Pass Area
Location Name:Mt. Etna near recent avalanche
Region:Outside of the Forecast Area
Date and time of observation:Sat, 02/06/2021 - 12:44pm
Observation made by:Public
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States41° 23' 20.6916" N, 122° 58' 59.7648" W
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Clear skies and no wind made for an excelent time in the zone. Temperatures warmed to the 40's and good corn snow could be found on Westerly aspects late in the day. Northerly slopes are holding a wind packed layer that sits on top of some instabilities and those slopes are staying cold with almost no sunlight hitting them during the daytime hours. Winds have appeared to be loading the NW - NE aspects and where the recent slide occured has nearly reloaded the entire slope again. Good snow that is still light and dry can be found on those aspects, but with additional wind more loading is likely to occur.
Air temperature:Above Freezing
Air temperature trend:Warming
With the recent avalanche incident and sadness that has come from it, I wanted to head out to the location to see if there could be something to learn from the snowpack. My deepest condolences to friends, and family of those affected by the accident.