Snow and weather observation from Virginia lakes

SNOWPACK OBSERVATION
Dunderberg peak
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Forecaster
Monday, April 12, 2021 - 10:30am
38° 3' 53.3916" N, 119° 15' 41.7456" W
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

It was a bit crisp early this morning, but solar aspects still managed to warm up quickly once the sun came out.  Skies were mostly clear this morning temperatures were above freezing, and winds were light as I toured up and skied down the southeast face of Dunderberg peak. Crampons proved necessary this morning for the ascent with a decent refreeze last night. I dropped in at about 1045 and felt the timing was just about right with decent corn-like skiing despite the three-dimensional surface. Boot pen was about 2-5 cm at this point.

No signs of instability were observed today but I would suspect that surface snow became loose and unsupportable by mid-day. Diminishing coverage was another important observation. Several dry patches required walking to and from the pack station and in many areas throughout the ascent/descent coverage was minimal 5-10”.  

Road crews are still working on clearing the road to Trumbull lake campground. Please be courteous and mindful of how we park up there.

For more information on snowpack and avalanche conditions in the Bridgeport area, from Virginia Lakes north to Sanora pass, please visit the Bridgeport Avalanche centers website. www.bridgeportavalanchecenter.org

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Cloud Cover: 
Clear
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Precipitation: 
None
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest
Accumulation rate: 
None
More detailed information about the weather: 

Mostly clear skies this morning with increasing cloud cover in the afternoon. Temps were quite warm today, 34° f at 10 am art 11,000'. 11 am at 9000' it was 37°f.

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