Return of winter

CB Avalanche Center2019-20 Observations

Location: Paradise Divide Area
Date of Observation: 04/13/2020
Name: Steve Banks
Subject: Return of winter
Aspect: North, North East, East
Elevation: 9800-11800

None observed and minimal signs of instability.

Weather: Cold, grey and windy. Overcast all day with fleeting sun spots here and there. East winds in the valley proved to be westerly at higher elevations. Cold, dry snow was still moving around. Some flurries midday did not accumulate to much.

Snowpack: 4-7” of new snow on a mixed bag of firm melt freeze, breakable sun crusts and older faceted snow. New snow seemed to be bonding well, but stiffer windslabs were found on Easterly tilted terrain. Snow is being redistributed by wind and is scoured to old crusts in some areas.