Winds, warm temperatures and melt-off all have contributed to producing old snow surfaces that will make it less advantageous for new snow to bond to. There is also the simple fact that much of the snowpack is very thin and hazardous in relation to existing obstacles and challenging skiing surfaces. This first significant snowfall in over 6 weeks will just be hiding a lot of nasty stuff below. Take note; this has not been the season to ski with abandon in the backcountry.
Snow Totals for the past 48hrs as of 630am Monday March 02. (These are sheltered weather plots, locally higher amounts are certain)
Virginia Lakes 9409ft = 2-3”
Agnew Pass near Tuolumne Meadows 9355ft= 12”
June Mountain weather plot 9148ft=5”
Mammoth Pass near Mammoth Lks 9500ft=16”
Rock Creek 9600ft=4”
Sawmill near Big Pine/Bishop area 11919ft=5-6”