The final snow survey results are all in for 2017. How exactly is the wilderness looking this year? It is looking exceptionally good! For the May 1 survey the Kern River Basin is setting at 210% of normal for the month of May. The Kern hasn’t seen this for several years now (last “good” year was 2011 surveys). Great news for all those who will be crossing/visiting creeks and lakes this season.
What does this mean for you though? What should you expect with so much snow this late? Some things that may occur with so much snow are the following:
- Prolonged snow melts which creates prolonged flows in creeks and rivers. Thus resulting in colder and higher flows in creeks and rivers.
- Trails may contain or are still covered in snow when they are usually not.
- Delayed access to trailheads along roads due to persisting snow.
Road conditions will be updated as soon as official word arrives. Where do you plan to go this season?