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SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
June Lakes > Tioga > Lundy > VA Lakes
Submission Info
Forecaster
Thursday, March 8, 2018 - 2:45pm
Red Flags: 
Recent avalanche activity
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
June Lakes > Tioga > Lundy > VA Lakes
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

Drove up to the up to Virginia Lakes to assess the extent of the wind transported snow and snow settlement through the northern portion of ESAC forecast area. Visible snow banners over the perks from north of June Mountain (Mt Wood) to Virginia Lakes. Noticeable wind transport in the Alpine to below tree line. In Virginia Lakes, evidence of wind effect on all open slopes down to 9000’, complete with elevated tracks. Saw a shallow Wind Slab failure (~D2, R 2, ~500 x 600’, Elevation 11,000’) on Black Mountain’s northeast face above Virginia Lake on a slope with a large southerly fetch and prone to wind transport.  Trailhead new snow total ~24” ~(60 cm). The snowpack in Lundy Canyon continues to settle. Previous snow measurement 3/4 ~20” (~50cm), as of 3/8 ~12” (~30cm). Tioga V-Bowl Parking 5 cm, previous 15cm, Power plant ~12” (~30cm), previously 3/4 15cm and 50cm respectively. June Lake (ski area parking) ~11” (~28cm). Winds began to ease around 500pm with banners tapering off. 

Snowpack photos: 
Dana Plateau, Wind Tranport
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Yes
Cloud Cover: 
25% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Strong
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
More detailed information about the weather: 

Strong to Gale force winds in the Alpine with moderate to strong winds near treeline. Extensive wind transport throughout north of June Mountain. 

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