New Snow Obs above Leavitt Creek

Location Name: 
Red Fir Ridge
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Fri, 01/19/2018 - 12:00
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Professional Observer
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

In the BWRA today we measured a little over 6" (14cm) of new on our manual snow board.  The Leavitt junction snow stake is at about 20" (52cm) and is STILL unfortunatly not enough to open. Overall snow coverage is not uniform.  The new dry snow was low density and we expect quite a bit of settlement with warm temps and sun.  We are currently still CLOSED.  Traveling to an upper tree line ridge, we found +4F drifts up to 9" (23cm) on the leeward side of trees and small rock outcrops between 9500'-9700'.  Wind loading occurred on isolated terrain features and just a few meters away snow was quite a bit shallower and softer.  Minor cracking was observed in wind slabs on eastern aspects as we traveled on them.  Overall the 6" we skied was not significantly wind affected.  Observing alpine terrain from this location we saw a handfull of class 1 loose dry sluffs. These natural avalanches were minor relative to size and primarily confined to North through Northeast aspects above treeline.

Snowpack photos: 
Deeper drift we found 23cm
Small fresh cornice
Minor cracking as we skinned through
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
West
More detailed information about the weather: 

Overall exellent conditions out there,  at 9500 temps were reading -5.5C.  The wind was light and from the W/NW and cloud coverage was few to becoming cloudy.  No blowing snow observed on ridges.