Breakable Crust E face of Andesite

Location Name: 
Andesite Ridge
Donner Summit Area
Date and time of observation: 
Sat, 01/06/2018 - 12:30
Location Map: 
United States
39° 20' 48.1596" N, 120° 21' 24.5232" W

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

Observation made by: Educator at Tahoe Mountain School
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

 Variable snow depths were found on the east side of Andesite Ridge with some places mostly melted out and up to 65cm of snow remaining in other places. Difficult ski conditions with many melted out branches and logs in addition to a breakable crust. No wind transport observed due to no new snow at this elevation. 

In the test pit a mostly uniform snow pack of melt forms and rounded grains existed.  

In photo of Castle Peak, new snow could be seen above aproximatelty 8500'

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

In the 7-8,000 ft range temperatures remained well above freezing today. Clouds did lift around noon with light winds from the west.