State of the Snowpack for 3/14/2020 - 3/20/2020

Dates of the Week: 
3/14/2020 to 3/20/2020
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • Deep slab problem occurring on faceted snow just below the old snow/storm snow interface near and below treeline on NW-N-NE aspects.
  • Recent storm snow right side up with over 1 foot of settlement.
  • Sun crusts forming on all solar aspects and low angle northerly aspects.
Weather Events: 
  • Large multi day storm system early in the week with 5+ feet of new snow on the Sierra Crest and 3+ feet on the Carson Range. SWE amounts up to 7.3", 4 to 6" common.
  • Gradual warming trend through the second half of the week with some convective snow showers and minimal additional accumulation.