6'' New Snow on Tamarack Peak

Location Name: 
Tamarack Peak
Mount Rose Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 12/03/2017 - 12:00
Location Map: 
United States
39° 18' 59.9796" N, 119° 55' 7.824" W

Red Flags: 
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

6'' of new snow accumulation in this area with the most wind prone areas having additional snow from previous wind loading.  Overall, previous wind loading in this area did not seem significant and was minimal during the mid day.  Some isolated cracking existed in wind loaded terrain but little reaction from wind slabs with cornice kicks and ski cuts showing no propagation.  CT's were showing failure at the new snow/old snow interface as well as a PST 40/100 END on this new snow/old snow interface.  3 separate ECT's in different wind loaded areas showed propagation was unlikely with ECTN's.  A graupel layer within the new storm snow showed minor cracking in below treeline terrain.  Snow is available for transport on NW-N-NE-E aspects if the NW winds increase today and also for the NE winds forecasted on Monday and Tuesday.

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Winds were calm to light mid morning and only slightly increased in the early afternoon when winds were from the NW.   No additional snow accumulation was noted from mid morning into the early afternoon.