Location: Cement Creek Area
Date of Observation: 04/11/2019
Name: Eric Murrow
Subject: storm check out east
Aspect: East, South East, South, South West, West
Elevation: 9,000′ – 12,100′
Weather: Overcast skies with light snowfall. Minimal accumulations between 11am and 3pm. Winds were blowing most of the day with strong gusting. Drifting of the new snow was observed even below treeline in open areas. Unfortunately, dust came immediately prior to this round of snow and will likely start to appear during the next melting period.
Snowpack: New snow accumulations ranged from about 2″ to 6″. It was a bit difficult to gauge new snow at upper elevations as the wind scoured, drifted, and pressed the snow in most open terrain. Drifts up to 18″ were observed and likely deeper on some alpine features. Drifted and wind-pressed snow readily cracked and formed a very cohesive slab.
Poked a quick hole on a west aspect at 10,000′ with an HS 155cm and found free water had percolated down to within 45cm of the ground with percolation tubes present to that level. The next warm period will likely see free water drain down to the oldest and weakest snow near the ground at this location and make Wet Slabs a concern.