New Snow and Wind on Tamarack Peak

Location Name: 
Tamarack Peak
Mount Rose Area
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 02/19/2018 - 12:00
Location Map: 
United States
39° 19' 5.5992" N, 119° 55' 16.4748" 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 to 8'' of new snow in the Tamarack Peak area this morning with an additional 1-2'' of snow during the day.  Yesterdays strong to gale force SW winds shifted to NW winds today in the moderate range.  Sensitive cornices existed along ridgelines with limited wind slab activity.  Shooting cracks were localized in wind loaded terrain with overall limited instability experienced today in this area.  Wind exposed areas were getting scoured by the NW winds back down to the previous firm crusts.  Some small wind slab development was occurring on SE-S aspects from the NW winds with available snow for transport.   

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour