The last avalanche forecast for the 2019-2020 season posted on May 3rd. Thank you to everyone who supported the avalanche center this past season with volunteer hours, donations, and/or avalanche, snowpack, and weather observations. These contributions are crucial to avalanche center operations.
State of the Snowpack for 3/7/2020 - 3/13/2020
Submitted by brandon on Fri, 03/13/2020 - 13:31
Dates of the Week:
3/7/2020 to 3/13/2020
General Snowpack Structure:
- Post storm reestablishment of diurnal melt-freeze conditions on solar aspects. Specific to E aspects, the higher sun angle is allowing for increased daily wet snow formation and recent storm snow assimilation much more so than in recent weeks.
- Northerly aspects near and below treeline hold weakness in the upper snowpack with dry rounded facets from prolonged February dry spell just a few inches below the old snow surface. This may be an issue for deep slab problems with a large snowfall event forecast for March 14-17.
- Small storm event March 7-8 with 2 to 5 inches along the Sierra Crest and a trace to 1 inch for the Carson Range on the E side of Lake Tahoe.
- Warming air temperatures through the rest of the week.