Observation: Willows, West Monitor

Observation Date
01/15/2018
Observer Name
J.Spitzer

Region:

Location Name or Route
Willow Fork/West Monitor
Weather
Sky
Clear
Wind Direction
Northeast
Wind Speed
Light
Weather Comments
Generally calm winds with light/moderate NE wind on the ridgeline at times. Sunny and warm.
Snow Characteristics
Snow Surface Conditions
Faceted Loose
Wind Crust
Melt-Freeze Crust
Damp
Snow Characteristics Comments

North facing terrain both on the Monitor Sneak and in Willow Fork offer ESP riding conditons.  Rest of the compass was a mixture of wind crust, m/f crust, and damp snow in the afternoon.    Wide spread surface hoar (3-4mm) in the protected basins of willow fork and will's hill.   Could be come a problem depending on how happens next with the weather.  

 

Red Flags
Red Flags
Recent Avalanches
Poor Snowpack Structure
Red Flags Comments
Spx structure felt consistently weaker in the monitor zone then in upper LCC.
Avalanche Problem #1
Type
Persistent Slab
Trend
Same
Problem #1 Comments

Will be interesting to see how this next storm and water effect the persistent slab.   

Comments

widespread surface hoar in Willow fork and Will's hill area today.

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