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Observations from Gray Butte area.
Observed conditions were similar to the last couple of days. Calm, warm weather persisted with a thin layer of clouds covering the sky. Snow surface conditions continue to deteriorate in sun and wind exposed areas. Near treeline, the snow surface is a combination of firm decaying wind board and scoured ice patches, with a crumbly melt freeze surface crust prevalent on solar aspects. Below treeline presented the best options for skiing, where soft snow can still be found in sheltered areas, though becoming increasingly hard to find daily. Poor surface conditions are beginning to make ski touring uphill difficult. Lower terrain has begun to house a fair bit of tree debris.
No signs of avalanche activity were observed.
- Observation Location: Gray Butte
- Elevation: 8,000 feet
- Date: 202302018
- Time: 1400
- Observer: S. Clairmont
- Sky Conditions: Overcast (OVC)
- Current Precipitation: Type - NO
- Air Temperature: 38 °F
- Total Snow Depth (HS): 123 in (312 cm)
- 24-hour New Snow Depth (HN24): 0 in (0 cm)
- Wind Direction: E
- Wind Speed: Light (L), 1-16 mi/hr, twigs in motion