The strong Pacific storm has resulted in very heavy snow accumulations across our forecast region. Snotel sites are reporting 48 hour accumulations of 24 inches in the Clearwater Mountains, 14 inches in the St. Joe's, 25 inches in the Cabinets, and 15 inches in the Selkirks. All this new snow has come with rising temperatures and significant inputs of strong westerly winds. These three factors alone will increase the avalanche danger to the degree where natural avalanches are possible. Add to that the fact that there are persistent weak layers in the pack and the new snow fell on variable hard snow surfaces and that is the factor that increases the danger to where natural avalanches are likely, on numerous aspects.
This avalanche advisory is provided through a partnership between the Tahoe National Forest and the Sierra Avalanche Center. This advisory covers the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains between Yuba Pass on the north and Ebbetts Pass on the south. Click here for a map of the forecast area. This advisory applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This advisory describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This advisory expires 24 hours after the posted time unless otherwise noted. The information in this advisory is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.
For a recorded version of the Avalanche Advisory call (530) 587-3558 x258