snowpit from schweitzer

Location Name: 
upper siberia
Region: 
Selkirk Mountains
Date and time of observation: 
Mon, 03/06/2017 - 10:25
Location Map: 
United States
48° 23' 16.6596" N, 116° 38' 15.1944" W
US


Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

dug a pit at schweitzer and saw a meter of new snow on top of the old rain crust. the crust is solid so there wasnt much concern about what was underneath that. i got moderate results with a compression test 36 cm down and again on the rain crust/new snow interface. i did not see any propogation with a ECT and a PST on the rain crust initiated a collapse but did not propogate to the end of the column.

Snowpit or crown profile photo or graph: 
Any other comments about the observation or links to outside pages that have more info on the observation: 

this pit was dug in a area that was somewhat sheltered from the wind so there wasnt signs of a wind slab here but there definitely is wind loaded terrain in the mountains right now.

Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
Snow
Air temperature trend: 
Static
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

there has been wind loading on ridgetops and lots of new snow so be conservative in open steep terrain.