Sonora Snow Conditions

Location Name: 
McKay Creek
Date and time of observation: 
Wed, 03/20/2019 - 14:00
Location Map: 

Red Flags: 
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

Observation made by: Public
Snowpit Observations
More detailed information about the snowpack: 

It was a surprisingly pleasant day in the hills with partly sunny skies and oscillating cloud formations making for some dramatic scenery.

We received 1-2in of creamy new snow on the Sonora side of the BWRA above 8500’.  This snow seemed to be well bonded to the previous snow surface in the terrain sampled.  I broke trail through a couple deeper drifts comprised of 6-8in of wind deposited snow, however wind transport and associated damage of the new snow seemed to be limited overall.  No snow transport was observed during my field day.    

No recent avalanches, cracking, or other signs of instability noted.  I did notice the new snow was damp on SE-SW aspects at 10K prior to my exit around 2pm. 

1 Mind the cornices

2 Lower angle terrain limited bottom feeding and made for the best turns

3 Good views abound  

Snowpack photos: 
Weather Observations
Blowing Snow: 
Cloud Cover: 
75% of the sky covered by clouds
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Wind Speed: 
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Direction: 
Accumulation rate: 
Less than 1 in. per hour
More detailed information about the weather: 

Partly sunny skies with brief periods of S-1 snowfall in the alpine.  Winds were calm overall but in the light range on exposed ridges.