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Sun, snow flurries, wind and a mostly stable snowpack in the Eddies

Location Name: 
Parks Creek Summit area
Region: 
Mt Eddy
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 02/17/2019 - 1:30pm
Observation made by: 
Forecaster
Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 20' 21.1416" N, 122° 32' 13.02" W
California US

Snowpack Observations

Details

  • 8 to 18" of dry, low density snow on top of widespread, supportable crust
  • 6 to 8 feet of snow at Parks Creek Summit
  • Much deeper in wind loaded areas
  • Winds out of the northwest blowing snow across ridgelines
  • Medium to large cornices observed, west facing
  • Slabby snow with some cracking along wind exposed areas
  • No recent avalanches observed
  • Primary concern was for wind slabs along steep, windy ridges
  • Poor slab properties in protected areas and overall stable conditions were observed

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Weather Observations

Details

  • A cold, crisp day with temps in the 20's and wind chill along ridges much lower
  • Blustery winds out of the northwest transporting snow onto leeward southeasterly slopes
  • Brief periods of light to heavy snow, blue sky, clouds. New snow accumulation minimal.

Statistics

Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Precipitation: 
Snow
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Wind Direction: 
Northwest