Monday, February 10, 2014

Tahoe area snow and avalanche advisory

Nothstar with new snow.

With more than 4 feet of new snow at the higher elevations, the avalanche danger is “Considerable” above 7,000 feet. “Considerable” is a number 3 on the danger scale, with 5 being the most extreme danger of avalanche.

The highest danger of avalanche exists on slopes of 32 degrees or steeper. Below 7,000 feet there was more rain than snow, so the avalanche danger is less likely. Human triggered avalanches are the most likely type to occur.

Tahoe area ski resorts are reporting 4 to 5 feet of snow over the 7 day period with 7 to 12 inches overnight.

Weather today:

Snow decreasing to isolated showers in the morning, mostly cloudy by afternoon. Daytime temperature will be in the 30’s and lowering to high 20’s overnight. Wind speed below 15mph. Sounds like a great day to go skiing in-bounds.

Check with the Sierra Avalanche Center for the latest advisories.

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