Observation: Wellsville Mountain Wilderness

Observation Date
01/5/2018
Observer Name
Toby Weed

Region:

Location Name or Route
Wellsville Mountain Wilderness, Coldwater Lake Area
Weather
Sky
Few
Wind Direction
South
Wind Speed
Light
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Faceted Loose
Melt-Freeze Crust
Red Flags
Red Flags
Cracking
Collapsing
Poor Snowpack Structure
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Snow Profile
Aspect
Northeast
Elevation
6400
Slope Angle
12
Comments

I noted localized collapsing and cracking in previously drifted low elevation terrain

Video

The shallow snow is very weak and sugary everywhere.  The snow is mostly stable now, but it won't be once a slab made up of more cohesive new snow stacks up on it.

Snow is way too shallow down low. It is subject to a very steep temperature gradient, and all the snow on the ground is quite loose and sugary. 

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