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Temperature(F)New Snow Reported(")12 Hour New Snow(") Base Depth(")
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Jul 29, 2021: 12am
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2375 m
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Avalanche Bulletin

2021-01-06 06:59:43 - Avalanche Forecast
Today's Avalanche Advisory:       Issued by Steve Reynaud - Tahoe National Forest at 6:59am
Bottom Line:

Persistent slab and wind slab avalanche problems remain possible today.  MODERATE avalanche danger will exist at all elevations.  Unstable snow continues to exist in some areas of the forecast region.

Sierra Avalanche Center Advisory

2021-01-06 06:59:43 - Avalanche Forecast
Snowpack Summary published on January 6, 2021 @ 6:59 am
This Avalanche Advisory expires in 0 hours, 0 minutes
This advisory is valid for 24 hours
Issued by Steve Reynaud - Tahoe National Forest
Bottom Line:

Persistent slab and wind slab avalanche problems remain possible today.  MODERATE avalanche danger will exist at all elevations.  Unstable snow continues to exist in some areas of the forecast region.

Avalanche Problem 1:
Type Aspect/Elevation Characteristics
Likelihood Size
Description:

The weak layers in our snowpack have started to gain strength and adjust to the new snow load in many locations.  Unfortunately, the process of the Dec. 11 persistent weak layer improving and gaining strength is not the same at all locations.  While some areas are pointing to improving stability, others are showing active whumpfing and unstable snowpack test results.  2 large natural avalanches were reported that are thought to have occurred during the storm on Monday and potentially failed on the Dec. 11 PWL.  Many areas throughout the forecast region at mid to high elevations are developing deeper and stronger snowpacks.  Locations at lower elevations and in some parts of the southern forecast area have shallower and weaker snowpacks.  These areas that are still shallow with a well developed Dec. 11 weak layer remain the greatest concern.  This will make it more important to collect snowpack information from your specific area and to look for signs of instabilities.  

Could a large persistent slab avalanche still occur?  Yes.  Are conditions going to continue to improve over the days ahead?  Yes.  Conservative terrain choices are still recommended while traveling in the backcountry until this weak layer becomes unreactive.  Due to the large size, potential remote triggering, and unpredictable nature of persistent slabs, limiting exposure to this avalanche problem is warranted.              

Avalanche Problem 2:
Type Aspect/Elevation Characteristics
Likelihood Size
Description:

The wind slabs that formed during the Monday storm have continued to gain strength.  Increasing SW winds today will allow some additional snow transport and new wind slabs to develop on NW-N-NE-E-SE aspects in near and above treeline terrain.  New small wind slab development could develop where available snow for transport exists.

Look for blowing snow, new cornice development, and wind pillows as clues to where new wind slabs may be forming.  

Recent Observations:

*  Whumpfing, cracking, and unstable snowpack test results were reported from Blue Lakes to Indian Valley (Carson Pass to Ebbetts Pass area).  All of these signs of instabilities were occurring on the Dec 11 PWL.

*  Large natural avalanches were reported from Dicks Peak (Desolation Wilderness area), and Hawkins Peak (Carson Pass area).  Limited information in known at this time.

*  Mt. Judah (Donner Summit area), and Carpenter Ridge (Independence Lake area), and Waterhouse (Luther Pass area) all showed improving snowpack stability.

 

Current Conditions: - CONDITIONS ALONG THE SIERRA CREST BETWEEN 8200 FT. AND 9200 FT. IN THE LAST 24 HOURS:
0600 temperature: 23 to 29 deg. F.
Max. temperature in the last 24 hours: 29 to 37 deg. F.
Average wind direction during the last 24 hours: SW
Average wind speed during the last 24 hours: 15 to 20 mph
Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours: 36 mph
New snowfall in the last 24 hours: 0 inches
Total snow depth: 31 to 40 inches
Weather:

A weak weather system will pass by to our north this afternoon and evening bringing increasing winds and clouds with little to no precipitation.  Thursday night into Friday will be another chance of a small storm with 2 to 5''  possible, mostly favoring the northern part of the forecast region.  After that, high pressure builds into our area with sunny skies and warming temperatures for a potential extended dry period.

Two-Day Mountain Weather Forecast - Produced in partnership with the Reno NWS:
For 7000 ft. to 8000 ft.:
  Today: Tonight: Thursday:
Weather: Mostly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 5%. Partly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 5%. Partly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%.
Temperatures: 38 to 43. deg. F. 20 to 26. deg. F. 37 to 42. deg. F.
Wind direction: Light winds becoming southwest around 15 mph in the afternoon. Gusts up to 30 mph. Southwest around 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph in the evening becoming light. Light winds.
Wind speed:
Expected snowfall: No accumulation. | SWE = none. in. No accumulation. | SWE = none. in. No accumulation. | SWE = none. in.
For 8000 ft. to 9000 ft.:
  Today: Tonight: Thursday:
Weather: Mostly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 5%. Partly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 5%. Partly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%.
Temperatures: 34 to 39. deg. F. 19 to 25. deg. F. 33 to 39. deg. F.
Wind direction: Southwest 15 to 25 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 45 mph in the afternoon. Southwest 15 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph decreasing to 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 45 mph after midnight. South around 15 mph. Gusts up to 35 mph in the afternoon.
Wind speed:
Expected snowfall: No accumulation. | SWE = none. in. No accumulation. | SWE = none. in. No accumulation. | SWE = none. in.
Disclaimer:

This avalanche forecast is provided through a partnership between the Tahoe National Forest and the Sierra Avalanche Center. This forecast 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 forecast applies only to backcountry areas outside established ski area boundaries. This forecast describes general avalanche conditions and local variations always occur. This forecast expires 24 hours after the posted time unless otherwise noted. The information in this forecast is provided by the USDA Forest Service who is solely responsible for its content.

For a recorded version of the avalanche forecast call (530) 587-3558 x258




Hourly Forecast: Kirkwood
Forecast Elevation: 8582 ft
7 Day Forecast Snow:

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DayTemp °FKirkwood NOAA Detailed Forecast 8583 ft
Today
72A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Increasing clouds, with a high near 72. East wind 6 to 11 mph becoming west in the afternoon. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Tonight
50 A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 50. East northeast wind 9 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph.
Friday
70A 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 70. East wind 8 to 13 mph becoming west in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 20 mph. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Friday Night
49 A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms, mainly before 11pm. Cloudy, with a low around 49. South southeast wind 8 to 11 mph becoming east northeast in the evening. New rainfall amounts of less than a tenth of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.
Saturday
66A slight chance of showers, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 66. East southeast wind 10 to 15 mph becoming northwest in the morning. Winds could gust as high as 23 mph. Chance of precipitation is 50%.
Saturday Night
46 A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms before 11pm. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 46.
Sunday
67A 30 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms after 11am. Mostly sunny, with a high near 67.
Sunday Night
45 Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
Monday
67Sunny, with a high near 67.
Monday Night
45 Mostly clear, with a low around 45.
Tuesday
68Sunny, with a high near 68.
Tuesday Night
44 Mostly clear, with a low around 44.
Wednesday
69Sunny, with a high near 69.

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