Wind Waves

Location Name: 
East of "Big Easy Bowl"
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 02/25/2018 - 11:40
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Obvious avalanche path

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Last week around 10" of new snow fell in the BWRA, BUT the winds were also ferocious. The accumulations over the past week were tossed around & beaten to bits by strong swirling winds. Only in extremely isolated areas can you find snow that hasn't become stiff. Nearly all the snow that wasn't protected by trees was removed & possibly transported to Nevada's sage brush regions. Earlier in the week following the latest 3" from Thursday we were seeing facets under a crust buried 35cm (14") deep, that took moderate force to fail. A small desity change in the uppermost new snow was slightly reactive as well. Since then the snow has become firm & highly variable with wind crusts both supportable & unsupportable over a small area traveled.

Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

Bridgeport Winter Recreation Area still CLOSED to Snowmobiles. The North side of Hwy 108 is barren sage brush & grass, no snow means stay away.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
West
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

It has been cold & windy lately. Swirling winds have displaced new snow to unique places, even forming southern cornices. Winds were primarily out of the W-SW but also made an approach from the North. Temperatures have dipped into the negatives at night & have swung into the high twenties during the day. We are slated to receive more snow at the end of the week with wavering forecast potentials, maybe rain, definately WINDS!