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Observation: Abajos

Observation Date
3/14/2019
Observer Name
Kennard
Region
Abajos
Location Name or Route
Old Ski area
Weather
Sky
Few
Wind Direction
Northwest
Wind Speed
Moderate
Weather Comments
It was a chilly mostly clear day at the old ski area with steady moderate winds out of the northwest. The cool temps during the day kept the snow light and fluffy, providing for great powder conditions in sheltered areas
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
4"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Melt-Freeze Crust
Snow Characteristics Comments
The previous days weather had a huge effect on the snow down in the Abajos today.  Yesterday warm weather produced a stout crust on top up the dense snow that fell earlier in the day.  The crust was similar to a sun crust, and if I wasn't aware of the storm that rolled through the region yesterday I would have assumed that it was.  It was hard to tell how much snow fell  on top of the crust because the winds had wreaked havoc on any exposed terrain, scouring down to the crust in places and depositing stiff wind slabs in other areas, but we were able to find 4"-6" of soft low density snow sheltered areas.  
Red Flags
Red Flags
Wind Loading
Cracking
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
We did not notice any recent avalanches on our tour today, but we encountered numerous stiff wind slabs and we observed some cracking of a softer slab in a fairly sheltered area on a 25-30 degree slope.
Avalanche Problem #1
Problem
Wind Drifted Snow
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments
I would expect to find wide spread wind slabs on the leeward side of slopes.  During our tour we noticed some snow transport from the winds, however it seems that most of the available snow for transport moved around last night and was deposited already.
Avalanche Problem #2
Problem
Persistent Weak Layer
Trend
Same
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable

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