2021 Snow Level

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by retired jerry » January 30th, 2021, 10:03 am

I did that once - drove until I bottomed out.

I put chains on and backed out. I had many days of food and so forth so I wasn't too worried.

Several times I drove to a trailhead. It snowed. I had to drive back out in the snow. But it was only a couple inches. As predicted by weather reports. I wouldn't do it if many inches of snow were predicted.

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Chip Down » January 30th, 2021, 6:16 pm

retired jerry wrote:
January 30th, 2021, 10:03 am
I did that once - drove until I bottomed out.

I put chains on and backed out. I had many days of food and so forth so I wasn't too worried.
Did I ever mention the time I drove up Larch Mountain to see where I would get stuck? Dug myself out as more snow was falling, and backed down. Good times. :D

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January 30th, 2021, 10:03 am
Several times I drove to a trailhead. It snowed. I had to drive back out in the snow. But it was only a couple inches. As predicted by weather reports. I wouldn't do it if many inches of snow were predicted.
Worst part is when you have to leave the trailhead and drive up to get over a pass to get home. :|

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by retired jerry » January 31st, 2021, 7:39 am

you are a bit more adventurous than I Chip :)

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by mountainkat » January 31st, 2021, 9:12 am

Cross country skied up to Larch Mtn parking lot on 1/29/21.

The lot has about a foot of snow. Major improvement over zero snow there a few weeks ago.

Lots of driving on the road past the snow gate.
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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Chip Down » January 31st, 2021, 11:43 am

Thanks MK, I was wondering about Larch. Was in the area Friday (same day as you) and considered going up to check it out. Too bad, we almost met. Who's driving past the gate, I wonder.
retired jerry wrote:
January 31st, 2021, 7:39 am
you are a bit more adventurous than I Chip :)
A bit more crazy, a bit more stupid, a bit more foolish, a bit more impulsive, and yes, a bit more adventurous. :D

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by mountainkat » January 31st, 2021, 4:25 pm

Chip Down wrote:
January 31st, 2021, 11:43 am
Thanks MK, I was wondering about Larch. Was in the area Friday (same day as you) and considered going up to check it out. Too bad, we almost met. Who's driving past the gate, I wonder.
Chip, yeah, too bad we didn't cross paths!

People have worked a way around the gate on both sides. There are big tire ruts through the dirt and snow on the sides. The gate has also been opened by someone at some point and was open when I got there. It seemed like the lock was gone, too.
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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by klar55 » February 8th, 2021, 7:49 am

retired jerry wrote:
January 27th, 2021, 2:31 pm
good idea

right now it's hard to get good reports because things change so quickly

there's always the nohrsc snow model. I like adam schneider's version
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Click "usgs topo" to align the snow data with usgs topo map

It shows the average snow depth over an area about 1/2 mile x 1/2 mile

I have found that if it shows any snow at all, there are probably patches difficult to drive or walk over. You can't figure that if it only says 2 inches, it's okay.
Awesome service. Thanks!
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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Chip Down » February 8th, 2021, 6:47 pm

It snowed yesterday (Sunday). There was a trace of slush remaining at 1250', and then in the trees just a little higher. By 2600' it was about 6" deep (estimate, not measured). Washington side of gorge.
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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by aaburles » February 9th, 2021, 2:16 pm

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Kings Mountain Sunday 2/7/21. Snow started are around 2700ft and was 6in at the Summit.

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Re: 2021 Snow Level

Post by Chip Down » February 9th, 2021, 7:42 pm

Chip Down wrote:
February 8th, 2021, 6:47 pm
It snowed yesterday (Sunday). There was a trace of slush remaining at 1250', and then in the trees just a little higher. By 2600' it was about 6" deep (estimate, not measured). Washington side of gorge.
A day later, just a few miles away, on the NW side of Silver Star, there was less snow at 3600' than I saw yesterday at 2600'. This had nothing to do with melting; the texture was fine and crisp, as laid down, with no signs of significant melt. I have no doubt it would be possible to summit Silver Star without snowshoes. Of course, the situation will be different by the time you read this.

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