Observation: Portage / Placer

Location: Road Observations

Route & General Observations

Drove through Portage Valley between 12:00 – 1:00pm looking for recent activity associated with the past three days of stormy weather.

Found evidence of natural avalanches throughout Portage Valley (debris and filled in crowns).

Red Flags
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Obvious signs of instability
Recent Avalanches?Yes
Collapsing (Whumphing)?No
Cracking (Shooting cracks)?No
Observer Comments

Multiple D1-D3.5 slab avalanches in the Portage Valley - primarily noted on the northern aspect of the compass. (NW-N). A large natural ridge crest crown was seen (D3-3.5) on NW facing slope of Byron drainage.

Other crowns and debris noted on Maynard (North of the Whittier tunnel) D2-3.

Weather & Snow Characteristics
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Mid/Upper 20s
Broken Sky (BKN)
Very light Mixed Rain/Snow (RS)
Light Winds

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