Onion Valley Snow Conditions

Onion Valley
Submission Info
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 12:00pm
Red Flags: 
Onion Valley 36° 46' 21.4644" N, 118° 20' 23.7228" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

I began touring up the onion valley road at about 7,200 feet where the snow began.  The day was clear with little to no wind.  The snow was light and fluffy and it appeared that the road and surrounding area had been completely melted out prior to the storm on Monday night.  As I toured up the road the snow depth went from about 2 inches to roughly 8 inches at around 9,000 feet near onion valley proper.  Most of the way it appeared that the recent snow storm was the only snow present.  I met a skier in onion valley who reported that he had skied a few laps on the Robinson bench.  The snow coverage was low and he reported breaking through and hitting buried objects.  As the day progressed clousd moved in and swirling winds picked up with no obvious snow transport.  The day warmed and by the time I got back to my car the snowline had melted up about 200 feet.  I would not recomend touring up around Kearsarge unless it is just for sightseeing.  Coverage was very low.  

Snowpack photos: 
Touring up the road toward onion valley
Looking south up toward Robinson bench out of onion valley
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
50% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
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More detailed information about the weather: 

The day started out clear and sunny in the morning, and by 11:30 clouds had begun moving in from the West.  Wind had been calm until the clouds started rolling in at which point the wind began to pick up but was relatively light shifting directions frequently depending where I was in the canyon. 

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