Variable Snow Conditions in the Carpenter Area

Location Name: 
Carpenter Ridge
Independence Lake Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 01/27/2018 - 12:00
Location Map: 
United States
39° 24' 56.0664" N, 120° 19' 35.2956" W

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

Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
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There was wide variability in snow conditions in the Carpenter area.  Unconsolidated storm snow in sheltered areas was close to two feet deep.  Wind exposed terrain held a combination of scoured snow, breakable crust and wind buff.  Informal tests revealed minimal signs of instability.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
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Moderate SW winds continued to transport snow along ridge tops most of the day.  Cloud cover cleared mid afternoon with noticable changes is snow moisture.