Wet snow obs

CB Avalanche Center2015-16 Observations

Location: Crested Butte Area
Date of Observation: 02/13/2016
Name: Zach Guy
Subject: Wet snow obs
Aspect: South East, South
Elevation: 9,200-12,400 ft

Weather: Thin few to scattered clouds increased to thick overcast by late p.m. Strong to extreme gusts at ridgetop out of the NW, with light transport at times. Warm temps.
Snowpack: Strong winds were keeping surfaces mostly frozen at upper elevations, today. Above treeline on a 40* SE aspect, there was 2-3″ of refreezing melt-freeze crust, semi-supportive on skis, with dry snow below. On a 30* SE aspect below treeline, there was 3″ of very wet snow at the surface with moist snow down to the Jan 29th crust, about 15″ deep. On a 35* S aspect below treeline, the snowpack was entirely wet to very wet, about 20-24″ total depth. No signs of instability today.