We dug one snowpit at 5800 feet on a slightly wind-loaded 30 degree slope with a south-southwest aspect. Total snow depth here was 113 cm. The rain crust formed last night had already been buried under 30 cm of new snow. Overall still finding a poor structure snowpack (photo 2, snowpit profile) but the only result in our Extended Column Test was ECTN5 @ 105 on a slight density change in the new storm snow.
Overcast skies with S1-S2 precipitation all afternoon. Air temperatures were in the single digits °F with steady moderate to strong easterly winds. As of 1500 ridgetop winds have clocked back to the west.
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