State of the Snowpack for 3/16/2019 - 3/22/2019

Dates of the Week: 
3/16/2019 to 3/22/2019
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • Deep consistent snowpack with the upper pack going through melt-freeze cycles. It did not go through enough melt-freeze cycles to produce consistent widespread corn conditions.
  • Variable dust on crust conditions March 20-22
Weather Events: 
  • High pressure with sunny skies and cold nights March 16-19.
  • Small storm with limited accumulation and wind, but cooler temperatures for March 20-21.

Central Sierra Nevada / Lake Tahoe Snowpack, Weather, and Avalanche Observations for California and Nevada from SAC

Date and time of observation or avalanche occurrence Location Region Observation Type Photos Snowpack, Avalanche, Weather Videos Snowpit videos (tests, etc) Observation made by
03/17/2019 - 14:45 Donner Lake Run above Conifer Drive Donner Summit Area Avalanche Observation Public
03/17/2019 - 12:00 Stevens Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Large cornice over Stevens north bowl Public
03/17/2019 - 11:00 Stevens Peak Carson Pass Area Snowpack Observation Above 8600 feet on open east facing terrain the snow was very close to corn. A few shaded gullies held more wintry snow. Professional Observer
03/17/2019 - 11:00 Upper Ginny Lake drainage. Mount Rose Area Snowpack Observation Thin melt freeze crust over dry snow on flat terrain at 8,350'. Thin melt-freeze crust over dry snow on SE aspect at 9,550'. Same thin melt-freeze crust over dry snow on SE aspect at 9,550'. Shallow wet snow over dry snow on SE aspect at 9,600'. Dry snow previously unaffected by melt on NNW-N-NNE aspects above 8,500'. Forecaster

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