Observations from Slab Cliffs

Location Name: 
Slab Cliffs
Mount Rose Area
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 01/31/2018 - 11:00
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United States
39° 18' 2.0448" N, 119° 57' 8.5248" W

Red Flags: 
Obvious avalanche path

Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
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No signs of persistent slab instability were observed while touring the Slab Cliffs and Ginny Lake areas today. A snowpit dug in the upper portion of Slab Cliffs (noted lat/long) showed significant rounding of what was previously faceted snow. Neither stability tests in the snowpit nor informal observations gave any indication of current instability.

A second test pit dug low in the Slab Cliffs area (39.306335, -119.955388, N aspect at 9,030') revealed a prominent rain crust approx 35 cm below the snow surface with faceted snow above and below it. ECTN test results were observed on the top of the faceted snow above this crust and no failure below it. Informal observations in this same areas revealed no signs of instability.

Signs of wet snow instability on solar aspects was minimal with very minor loose wet signs on a SE aspect test slope at 9,640 at 1:40 pm (photo). Exiting from Incline Lake Peak on a SE aspect at 8,600' around 2:15 pm revealed shallow wet surface snow that was already in the process of refreezing.

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Weather Observations
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Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
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