Loose Wet Avalanches in the BWRA

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Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:00
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Recent avalanche activity
Rapid warming

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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Very warm conditions in the BWRA today with temps rising into the low 50's below 9,500' in the afternoon.  The surface of most slopes contained wet snow by the afternoon with southerly facing slopes containing very wet and unconsolidated snow.  Numerous loose-wet avalanches were seen today on all but the most shaded northerly aspects.  Most were small point releases (size D1) but a few were large enough to bury someone (size D2).  Thursday's storm will most likely turn the wet surface snow into a slick melt-freeze crust.

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1-3:  Numerous loose-wet avalanches were observed in Voodoo Bowl and other slopes near Sonora Pass

4:  Lots of rollerballs on this southeast facing slope above Leavitt Lake.  The snow here was very wet and unconsolidated.

5:  A large overhanging cornice sitting precariously above a common uptrack to the PCT crossing area 


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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
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Above Freezing
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More detailed information about the weather: 

Sunny skies and light winds through the morning and early afternoon.  After 2 pm, high clouds began moving in from the west and winds began to increase.

Top of Voodoo Bowl @ 12:30 (10,500'): Temp = 43* F, Winds  = West @ 10 mph  

Botttom of Voodoo Bowl @ 1300 (9,400'):  Temp = 50* F, Winds = Light and Variable