Virginia Lakes

Location Name: 
Virginia Lakes
Region: 
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 01/12/2022 - 18:10
Location Map: 


Red Flags: 
Rapid warming

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
Snowpack photos: 
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Today we toured into the Virginia Lakes area to see if southern aspects were starting to change with the warming conditions. Overnight, temperatures stayed above freezing and the forecast called for temperatures in the high 40's.  The Virginia Lakes snotel site positioned at 9400 ft reached 51 degrees at noon today. Southern aspects have changed dramatically in the past few days and snow surfaces have softened up. Various surface conditions exist on southern aspects as we enter a spring-like cycle in the snowpack.  We kept a close eye on loose wet movement but did not get any roller balls or pinwheels on various ski cuts. 

 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
No
Air temperature: 
Above Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Light
Air temperature trend: 
Warming
Wind Direction: 
Southwest