Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update For April 3, 2019 

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Tuolumne Meadows Winter Conditions Update For April 3, 2019  

Looking south from Mt. Lyell on March 31, 2019.

Looking south from Mt. Lyell on March 31, 2019.

Looking south from Mt. Lyell on March 31, 2019.

 
New snow: 21 inches
Total settled snow depth: 90 inches (at 8,600 feet)
High temperature: 49°F (April 1)
Low temperature: 4°F (March 29)
 
Ski Conditions and Weather: This week saw typical unsettled spring conditions with everything from thunder-snow squalls, high winds, corn snow and soft powder. In between all of that, we had three full days of Sierra Nevada blue skies, and temperatures near 50°F which made for a good melt freeze cycle below 9,500 feet on most aspects. The higher elevation northerly aspects, however, remain winter-like. The sun is getting higher in the sky each day so the snow surface is constantly changing. 
 
It’s going to be a long ski season this year. Coverage is good above 7,000 feet in the central Sierra Nevada and judging by our recently finished monthly snow surveys, snow depth and water content are at least 150% of normal. This is great news for the water run off that California depends on for its water supply and for those of us who enjoy sliding on snow through the Sierra Nevada wilderness without the crowds.