Sardine Can Wall

Location Name: 
Sardine Can Wall
Region: 
BWRA
Date and time of observation: 
Tue, 02/20/2018 - 14:34
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: 

2cm new since we cleared our Intermittent Storm Board yesterday. Surface snow has become slightly denser overnight but still soft powder in the north facing trees. Multiple crusts & alternating facet layers exist within the snowpack. The crust of concern is the layer below the recent snowfall, 15cm deep. This crust is beginning to lose strength but has cultivated near-surface facets just underneath it that are reactive to stability tests. It will take a moderate force in these isolated areas too see any localized instabilities. Wind slabs have not shown to be creating any natural avalanches & are stubborn to move on test slopes.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
2cm new (0.8")
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BWRA CLOSED TO OVER THE SNOW VEHICLE TRAVEL

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Cooling
Wind Direction: 
Northwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

We are observing patchy clouds & temps hovering in the low teens. Winds will be light out of the SW around 5mph but increasing tonight as a new front arrives. We are anticipating more snow with this storm & the usual unnecessary winds.