PCT Crossing

Location Name: 
PCT Crossing
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 02/13/2018 - 13:00
Location Map: 


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

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

Dug a Full Profile of the snowpack in a wind-loaded & shaded NE aspect. Not representative of the overall snow coverage for our area. Observed perfectly intact stellars mixed with broken wind-blown particles on the surface. The drift I dug in had 13cm (5") new snow, around 5cm (2") fell in the last 24 hours. Yesterday saw rimed precipitation particles & graupel on our drive in. Within the snowpack crusts are losing their hardness & rounding facet grains compose the thickest layer. My layer of concern exists 15cm deep at the old snow; refrozen surface melt crust, new snow interface. Just below this crust, tests were showing failures on small near-surface facet grains with moderate force. One small R1D1 wind slab avalanche was noted on a East aspect at treeline.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
BWRA Closed
8K
PCT motoX
Shallow failure
Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

BWRA CLOSED

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Patchy skies & light winds. Pretty cold -8.3C (17F) temperatures. Ridgetop gusts ~30mph with blowing snow. Surface lock-up of melted snow, icy conditions. 2" new snow wildly distributed with storm winds.