Observation: Mt Watson

Observation Date
03/18/2017
Observer Name
Michael Janulaitis

Region:

Location Name or Route
Mt. Watson
Weather
Sky
Few
Wind Direction
West
Weather Comments
It was above freezing this morning at the MLH parking lot however the snow was frozen. Stong wind while hiking up the south face of Mt. Watson, then later on the peak and in the bowl light wind. 60 degrees at the trailhead when we arrived back at the trucks at 1:45.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

Excellent consistent corn top to bottom!
 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Rapid Warming
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Wet Slab
Problem #1 Comments

The snow up high remained as corn on the east slopes, however; midday there were a few spots on the southern half of the compass that had visible water on the surface.

Avalanche Problem #2
Type
Cornice
Problem #2 Comments

Although I felt the cornices were solid today, I feel the cornices are getting ripe to fail.  They are dripping water and creating icicles. If temperatures continue to remain warm, I expect the cornices to start failing over the next few weeks or even days.

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