Continued Wind Transport On Tamarack Peak

Location Name: 
East Ridge Tamarack Peak
Mount Rose Area
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:30
Location Map: 
United States
39° 18' 58.6656" N, 119° 55' 5.5056" W

Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
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: 

Wind transport was continuing throughout the day with moderate to strong W winds.  Evidence of previous wind loading and scouring in all wind exposed areas.  Wind slabs were thick and up to 2-3' deep in the traditional wind loaded locations.  A cornice failure and/or wind slab avalanche occurred early in the storm and was almost completely covered by continuing snow-see photo.  Several test slopes and cornice drops showed minor shooting cracks but wind slabs were mainly non reactive.  At a test pit at 9300' on a N aspect, (N39.312909 W-119.911973) a ECTP-29 was noted into the low density weak old snow, about 2' deep. 

Intermittent light snow occurred throughout the day.

Snowpack photos: 
Snowpit videos (tests, etc): 

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Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: