Observation: Tab Hollow

Observation Date
02/3/2017
Observer Name
Toby Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Tab Hollow
Weather
Sky
Broken
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Warm air temperatures
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Damp
Red Flags
Red Flags
Rapid Warming
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Found buried surface hoar about 1' deep at low elevations in Tab Hollow. The snow was damp on all slope aspects.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wet Slab
Problem #1 Comments

Not much liking the warm conditions and saturated snow at low elevations. As overnight temperatures hover above freezing in mountain canyons, wet slabs are increasingly possible at low elevations on slopes with buried persistent weak layers. 

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Loose Wet Snow
Problem #2 Comments

The snow is soft and slushy, and there were lots of roller balls and pinwheels today. 

Snow Profile
Aspect
Southeast
Elevation
5800
Slope Angle
20
Comments

The low elevation snow was soft and saturated on all slope aspects, and there were many fresh roller-balls and pinwheels..

Video

The buried surface hoar layer was obvious in my pit wall.  It failed cleanly and with propagation.

Today's Observed Danger Rating
Moderate
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates