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Location (general area)
Eastern San Gabriels
Road conditions to area
Overcast (sky covered)
Moderate (17-25mph Small trees sway/ flags stretched)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Sunrise tour on 1-15-2023 with hopes of finding a few inches of soft snow above 8000ft were met instead with refrozen wintry mix, rime ice and breakable crust. Coverage above 7900ft was decent on NE to NW aspects, with evidence of snow transport apparent on steeper road cuts and behind fallen trees. Many NW slopes near the windward ridge were scraped down to a layer of boilerplate ice (see photo of rime rice on bush protruding through).
Stomping on a few test slopes yielded small failures a few cm deep on top of the rain crust yesterday's snow fell onto. Higher altitude, steeper, and/or slopes that received more snow will likely have more significant wind slab issues.
Overall, this storm was kind of a bust in the Eastern SG mountains, and consistent with this winter's theme of rain/wintry mix up to 7000' and above on many of our wettest storms. Fingers crossed the next system is colder, as advertised.
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