Observation: Cutler Ridge

Observation Date
12/23/2017
Observer Name
Nathan Chaszeyka

Region:

Location Name or Route
Lower Cutler Ridge
Weather
Sky
Overcast
Precipitation
Moderate Snowfall
Wind Direction
West
Wind Speed
Moderate
Snow Characteristics
New Snow Depth
15"
New Snow Density
Low
Snow Surface Conditions
Powder
Dense Loose
Snow Characteristics Comments

Overnight storm dropped an average of 15" of light density new snow with some near surface graupel noted. I was surprised to find minimal layering in the snowpack. Old crusts and surface layers were absent and only new snow over depth hoar was found. The snow was extremely reactive and collapse in one area would propagate great distances on all aspects. 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Heavy Snowfall
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Widespread collapsing and whumphing. Shooting cracks running up to 30 meters. Hand pits were failing on basal facets upon isolation.
Today's Observed Danger Rating
Considerable
Tomorrows Estimated Danger Rating
Considerable
Snow Profile Coordinates