Burke/ upper Canyon Creek drainage observations

Location Name: 
N ridge of Burke Summit
Region: 
Silver Valley Area
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 01/10/2022 - 11:30
Location Map: 
United States
47° 31' 26.4576" N, 115° 42' 33.7968" W
US



Observation made by: Forecaster
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

We're seeing the 1/6-1/8 storm slabs and wind slabs gain stability but still providing stability test results. Minimal cracking under skis observed, even on convex features and where undercut by a track. Light ridge winds roughly out of the SW were continue to transport a little bit of surface snow.

Surface hoar up to 3mm observed in many open but wind protected areas. At lower elevations, like the 4100' Burke Substation, this surface hoar is on 5-10 cm of low density snow which is above the breakable 1/7 rain crust. We've also seen surface hoar directly on a more robust version of this same crust at slightly lower elevations which received more rain. No 1/7 rain crust observed at elevations above 4,500' in the Canyon Creek drainage.

At 6,000' on a N aspect on the N ridge of Burke summit, our stability test results were as follows:
35 cm down from surface- CT 16 Q2, ECTN 21
70 cm down- CT 25 Q2, no ECT results

 

 

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None