Snowpack observations from Lincoln Ridge

Location Name: 
Lincoln Ridge
Yuba Pass Area
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 11/08/2017 - 11:15
Location Map: 
United States
39° 35' 29.5656" N, 120° 29' 27.1428" W

Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

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

Around 6 inches of snow at pass level, quickly increasing to over a foot above 6,900'. The snowpack in this area is fairly dense and skier supportable. The top half inch (1 cm) of surface snow was wetted by light rain up to and above the highpoint of travel at 7,700'. No natural wet snow roller balls were observed, but roller balls involving the surface wet snow were easily human triggered. Some previous wind loading close to the ridgetop. Thin (3 in thick) wind slab existed in the upper snowpack in lee areas near ridgelines. No signs of current wind slab instability observed.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Mixed rain and snow
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Mostly very light rain with occasional snowflakes noted above 7,500'. Rainfall rate increasing upon departure from the area around 12:30 pm.