Update for March 20, 2013
March 20, 2013 Posted by: Laura and Rob Pilewski
Weather: March 13th through March 20th
High temperature: 59°F (March 13th)
Low temperature: 14°F (March 17th)
New snow: 3 inches
Total settled snow depth: 32 inches as of March 20th
Skiing Conditions and Weather: Above-normal temperatures and dry conditions prevailed in the Tuolumne Meadows area this week. It is presently snowing, however, and though not forecast to be a significant precipitation event, any additional water added to the snowpack will be welcome. Ski conditions are good, and above 9,500 feet, the snowpack is still in winter mode on all but south aspects. At the mid-elevations (Tuolumne Meadows is at 8,600 feet), the snowpack has gone through a significant melt-freeze cycle this week and hard and supportable snow conditions are found on all aspects (except southern, which are mostly bare) in the early part of the day. The snow has gotten punchy in places during the heat of the day. Subsequently, the best ski touring conditions are found in the early morning to early afternoon, and there is a good window of corn snow skiing in the late morning.
Wow, Glacier Point Road looks dry. That's the sunny corner, is the rest of it that bad? I was thinking of heading up there next weekend, maybe I needn't bother. Oh well, looks like we'll get an early summer.