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Location (general area)
Eastern San Gabriel Mountains
Road conditions to area
few clouds (up to 2/8)
Light (1-16mph Flags/twigs in motion)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
Boot/ Ski penetration
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
Toured up my local route to see the effects of the heavy rain and subsequent modest snowstorm. Snow below 7000ft was only a few inches of low density snow, with many rocks and bushes poking through. Test slope on a steeper N-NW aspect had much more coverage.
Quick pit revealed 45cm of snow. Top 20cm was sugary wind-blown snow, with the bottom 25cm composed of pen/knife hard icy crust. CT failed at 13 at the new/old snow interface with a poor shear quality. A few stomps on an adjacent test slope also dislodged some styrofoamy wind-affected chunks, corroborating the pit results.
Update to follow after Wed/Thur system delivers up to 3+ feet of snow above 7k in the San Gabriels. Fingers crossed.
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