State of the Snowpack for 3/21/2020 - 3/27/2020

Dates of the Week: 
3/21/2020 to 3/27/2020
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • Deep slab facet/crust combination gaining strength.
  • Buried surface hoar beneath the Mar 24-26 storm snow. 
  • Buried grauple layers at the bottom and within the Mar 24-26 storm snow.

     
Weather Events: 
  • Below average temperatures for the week.
  • Widespread surface hoar formation over the weekend pre storm.
  • NE winds light to moderate shifting to SW strong to gale force during the storm event, light winds post storm.
  • Storm cycle Mar. 24-26 depositing 1-2' of snow on the Sierra Crest.
  • Convective type storms with several layers of graupel throughout storm cycle