Cracking and whumphing

CB Avalanche Center 2020-21 Observations

Date of Observation: 01/30/2021
Name: Steve Banks

Zone: Northwest Mountains
Location: Anthracite Range
Aspect: North West
Elevation: 9,800-11,000

Avalanches: No new avalanches observed. Poor vis ATL limited obs.
Weather: Snowing this morning (S2) and tapering through the middle of the day. Couple well timed sunny breaks. Temps in the 20’s and minimal winds. Snow came back after 4 pm with overnight snowfall 4-6” and 1-2” through the day.
Snowpack: Still weak! Average snowpack depth (HS) 135 cm and a ski pole easily passed through all of it. There is a 4F-4F+ slab over the January dry spell facet layer. Multiple collapses and cracks on slopes up to 35* though no releases. Some cracks went all the way to the November weak layer.