Lundy winds and snow softening.

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SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
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Forecaster
Monday, March 20, 2017 - 11:00am
Red Flags: 
38° 0' 11.0448" N, 119° 13' 23.2248" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Route- From Lundy Lake Dam parking, up Deer Creek drainage, up the cirque between Mt. Warren and Gilcrest Peak, North along the ridge to Gilcrest, down a SE facing couloir and back to the car.

Few clouds in the Lundy area all morning. Winds increasing form calm down at Lundy Lake to strong at the ridge tops by mid morning. Snow didn't soften, on any aspect, until around 1100.

0930, W aspect at 8920'- Sky = Few, Wind = clam, Ski pen = 0, Foot pen = 0, Tair = 4.5 C, Tsurf = -4 C, surface snow is Melt-Freeze crust even on N and W aspects down low.

0945 N aspect at 9200'- Wind picked up and was continuously light from the S, gusts moderate.

1025 E aspect at 10200' in the cirque below N face of Mt. Warren- Sky = few, Wind = light from the S, gusts moderate, Ski pen = 0, Foot pen = 1cm, Tair = 4 C, Tsurf = -1.5 C, surface snow was a variety of Melt-Freeze crusts or wind crusts/ice. Sk crampons a must, boot crampons handy.

1100, booting up the ridge, N aspect- Strong S wind blew me over twice. Cold, dry wind board that ranged from 1F to K hard.

1130, top of the ridge between Warren and Gilcrest- same as booting up the ridge. Much of the snow has been scoured down to scree.

1145- SE aspects between 11000' and 9800' softened to perfect corn snow. Ski pen = 5-10cm. Below 9800' still good corn on E aspects, Ski pen = 15cm. N and W aspects still firm until I got back to the car just after noon.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Moderate
Precipitation: 
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
South
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Very little blowing snow in the Warren cirque, but some localized rolling snow near the ridge.

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