Update for April 3, 2013
April 03, 2013
Weather: March 27th through April 3rd
High temperature: 52°F (March 29th)
Low temperature: 16°F (April 2nd)
New snow: 8 inches
Total settled snow depth: 23 inches as of April 3rd
Skiing Conditions and Weather: A brief return to winter this week brought 8 inches of snow and a half inch of water equivalent to the Tuolumne Meadows area this week. It was a welcome change. It was good to see snow hanging from the trees and the old snow surface white again. That being said, the last few days of warm and sunny weather has exposed the old dirty snow surface, and the melt continues. The Tuolumne River is opening up and the sound of rushing water is in the air. The ski touring is still good, and there are some good turns to be found above 9,000 feet. South aspects are mostly bare and coverage is good elsewhere. The Tioga Road is bare pavement from the closed gate in Lee Vining Canyon to Tioga Pass. There are some bare patches on the road between Tioga Pass and Tuolumne Meadows. If travelling from the west (Crane Flat), there are several miles of dry pavement in the vicinity of Gin Flat.
Tuolumne River reflects newly fallen snow on April 1st.
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In Wawona and downstream, the South Fork Merced River provides habitat for a rare plant, the Sierra sweet bay (Myrica hartwegii). This special status shrub is found in only five Sierra Nevada counties. In Yosemite, it occurs exclusively on sand bars and river banks along the South Fork Merced River downstream from Wawona and on Big Creek.