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- Observation Location: Gray Butte via Ski Park
- Elevation: Up to 8,200 feet
- Date: 20210102
- Time: 1230 to 1430 hours
- Observer: Ryan Sorenson
- Sky Conditions: Overcast (OVC)
- Current Precipitation: Yes, S-1. Very light snowfall, less than 0.5 inches per hour.
- Air Temperature: 24.5 °F at 1400
- Surface Penetration: 1 to 2 in / 2-5 cm
- Total Snow Depth (HS): ~19 in / 50 cm below-near treeline west aspect.
- 24-hour New Snow Depth (HN24): 1-2 in / 2-5 cm
- 24-hour New Snow Water Equivalent (HN24W): 0.1 in
- Wind Direction: West
- Wind Speed: 13 mi/hr at 1400
It was a misty afternoon touring up Grey Butte to look at current storm conditions. Snow levels varied from 5,500 to 6,500 feet as it lightly precipitated. A thick, soupy fog held the visibility down to 100 feet, sometimes less. The 1-2 inches of fresh snow sits over a shallow snowpack. Southerly aspects are thin and skinning involves weaving in and out of rocky manzanita patches. I was able to find slightly deeper snow on the protected west side of the butte. The deepest I measured was 19 inches (50 cm). A zipper thin sun crust exists under the fresh snow. Smooth turns were possible if you were light on your feet.
Fresh wind slabs up to a foot deep were observed on the ridgeline. These were unreactive to stomping on small test slopes.
Winds were calm for most of the tour. A light westerly breeze was felt at the top of the ridge.
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