Virginia Lakes

Location Name: 
Virgina Lakes
Other Area
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 03/16/2022 - 16:00

Observation made by: Avalanche Specialist
Snowpit Observations
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Today my partner and I traveled into the Virginia Lakes area.  We found a variety of surface conditions and only about a trace of new snow from the recent system that came through yesterday.  It was a sunny and warm day, with the temperature climbing to 39 degrees at the nearby Virginia Lakes SNOTEL site.   This allowed for aspects receiving any solar input to start getting moist at mid and lower elevations by late morning.  Otherwise, conditions remained firm in the alpine with areas of chalky wind-board and icy surfaces present.  Some very Isolated areas of cracking were observed in areas with wind drifted snow, which was generally shallow in depth.  Overall, it seems like we are in a period of the snowpack transitioning from winter to spring, with both spring-like and winter conditions being present dependent on the aspect.  So don’t turn off those avalanche brains quite yet and keep those spring hazards in mind while traveling in the mountains.