State of the Snowpack for 3/27/2021 - 4/2/2021

Dates of the Week: 
3/27/2021 to 4/2/2021
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • Melt freeze crusts have developed on most E-SE-S-SW-W aspects below 9500'.  Transitional snow, wind scoured surfaces, and some winter snow exist on NW-N-NE aspects
  • Poor to non existent snow coverage exists on south aspects with adequate snow coverage on most other aspects
  • Corn spring snow conditions are highly dependent on overnight refreeze and radiational cooling of the snow surface with a short window of good travel conditions
Weather Events: 
  • Multiple NE wind events as dry cold fronts moved through the forecast region with wind gusts near 100mph along the Sierra Crest
  • Temperatures warming throughout the week to well above average 
  • Mostly sunny and clear with periods of below freezing overnight temperatures and times with mountain inversions and warm overnight temperatures at higher elevations