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Re: Snow conditions above 9k and this heat wave

Postby oldranger » Fri Apr 20, 2012 5:02 pm

With about 4 ft of snow at Whitewolf and less at Tuolumne I'm betting Tioga opening on or before May 11. If the windstorm hit that far North moving trees may be as big an issue as moving snow.

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Re: Snow conditions above 9k and this heat wave

Postby markskor » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:49 pm

This year Tioga Pass will open on my birthday - May 13th.
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Re: Snow conditions above 9k and this heat wave

Postby rlown » Fri Apr 20, 2012 7:54 pm

they don't usually open on a Sunday.. It''ll be the 12th or 14th. they're half way there, but there's still olmstead and all the service roads.
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Re: Snow conditions above 9k and this heat wave

Postby KathyW » Sun Apr 22, 2012 6:45 pm

Snow at Horton Lake yesterday:

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It is a really low snow year, but there's still snow out there - it's just not necessarily in the right places. When going by the Palisades they looked a bit icy already.

I only hit a couple of small patches of snow on the way to Horton Lake, which is at about 10,000'.
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Re: Snow conditions above 9k and this heat wave

Postby kpeter » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:14 pm

Here are the gauges I've been monitoring to figure out my June trip. They are not above 9,000 feet though. As of April 23:

Kibbie Ridge (6700)
0" snow depth, down from 22" on April 15
2" water content, down from 9" on April 14 (does this mean there is a pool of water on the sensor?)

Last year on April 23: 30" water content
2010 on April 23: 26" water content

White Wolf (7900)

22" snow depth, down from 60" on April 15
7" water content, down from 12" on April 15

Last year on April 23: 47" water content
2010 on April 23: 33" water content

As you can see, the heat wave has compensated for the April snow storms and we are back on track for an exceptionally low snow year, at least in this neck of the woods. I'm aiming to tackle NW Yosemite the first week of June, immediately after my school is out for me, and I bet it would be doable for snow challenged duffers like me even earlier.
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Re: Snow conditions above 9k and this heat wave

Postby pork50 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:25 pm

I heard the Sonora pass may open this weekend. That would be a sight for sure.
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Re: Snow conditions above 9k and this heat wave

Postby Troutdog 59 » Tue Apr 24, 2012 2:32 pm

Saw these on the VVR web site. Date said they were from 4/20/12 for a quad trip to Edison. Looks like about 3 to 4 feet at the Pass (just above 9,000') and nothing at Lake Edison (~7,300).


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From the Edison lake bed/Cold Creek inlet looking south. I believe thats Bear Dome with little snow and maybe Mt Shin in the background.

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From the boat launch area looking north towards the Silver Divide


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Re: Snow conditions above 9k and this heat wave

Postby RoguePhotonic » Tue Apr 24, 2012 6:31 pm

Mineral King's melt is coming along nicely:

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Re: Snow conditions above 9k and this heat wave

Postby quentinc » Thu Apr 26, 2012 6:06 pm

I just learned, to my chagrin, that the Horseshoe Meadow road won't be open until some time next week. I may try a trip out of Sage Flat this weekend instead.
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