Snow obs Lake Emma area

Location Name: 
NTL Mt Emma
Region: 
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 01/14/2018 - 12:00
Location Map: 



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

Tour in the Lake Emma area to check general snow conditions.  Traveled between 8800' to around 10500' on mostly NW-N-NE aspects.  HS from 40-75cm.  In below and near treeline terrain found thin and weak snow with January storm snow settled to 10-20cm on top of facet crust combos.  Not much slab in these areas.  Most surfaces also had MF crust until about 9500'.  In the alpine, lee of ridgeline and small terrrain features had stiff wind deposits but could not get any cracking or collapsing.  Above treeline terrain was a mixed bag of light breakable crust and wind eroded, with soft turns in protected gullies and depressions.  At 10,200' on a NE slope was able to find some surface slab.  Moderate results with CT's and ST's 20 and 25cm down, Q2 and Q3, failing above a crust.  No propagation on these layers with an ECT. 

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
South
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Increasing clouds to mostly overcast by early afternoon.  Calm to light winds from the south, moderate at ridgeline.  No blowing snow, and not much snow available for transport.