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Lower Casaval Ridge to McBride
Location Name:Mount Shasta
Date and time of observation:Fri, 02/05/2021 - 11:00am
Observation made by:Public
Cloud Cover:25% of the sky covered by clouds
Accumulation rate:Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature:Above Freezing
Air temperature trend:Warming
We toured past Horse Camp to the bottom of Casaval Ridge/Giddy Giddy Gulch yesterday. Northerly winds were whipping. Strong gusts were swaying whole trees, and blowing snow peppered us as we toured from Bunny Flat to 8,000 feet, where we transitioned. The wind's effects were easy to identify: sculpted sastrugi features, firm, chalky snow, and scoured rocky patches on exposed ridgelines and moraine tops.
Temperatures were warming up, and snow surfaces transitioned quickly as we descended. Heavy, mushy, wet snow remains at lower elevations. A melt-freeze crust will likely form tomorrow (20200206). No obvious signs of avalanche danger were encountered.