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Location (general area)
Mt Baldy Ski Lifts
Road conditions to area
25° F (-4° C)
Obscured (fog or base layer prevents view of sky)
Moderate (17-25mph Small trees sway/ flags stretched)
Wind direction in degrees
Aspect in degrees
7800' (2,377 m)
2–4" (5–10 cm)
Boot/ Ski penetration
Boot 2" (BF 5 cm)
Activity, recent avalanches
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks. collapsing
Obvious avalanche path
I was at the resort near The Notch all day, 7,800'. It was sunny and just above freezing until noon. Patchy remnants of last weeks snow were still visible on northerly aspects. They were hard and slippery.
Snow started falling at 13:09 (wet, hard gaupel). We got an inch or two over the next two hours (very heavy precip). A wind event followed which created small snow drifts and redistributed the graupel. The trees had been lightly rimed.
By 18:00 a few inches of cold, fluffy snow had come down over the graupel which could be made into snowballs (moist snow).
At the bottom of the lift (6,800') the snow was very wet. Temps were around 30° (-1 C). Not until Icehouse Canyon did the temps rise above freezing. Snow fell until the village where it turned to drizzle, however some cars where covered in sleet/frost.
Our first weak layer of the season!
Coming down hard! We had trouble keeping the loading zone clean for a few hours.
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