Avalanche Forecast published on September 22, 2017 @ 8:50 am
Issued by Brandon Schwartz - Tahoe National Forest

Thinking about winter? It's still early fall but the first dustings of snow are covering the peaks. Time to prep gear and further build avalanche knowledge for the upcoming winter. Daily avalanche advisories typically start in late Nov or Dec as the snowpack builds.

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After dusting off backcountry travel gear, cleaning, maintaining, and repairing as appropriate, gather up some friends to review and practice companion rescue skills. Some great companion rescue info including diagrams and videos can be found here.

Increase avalanche avoidance knowledge by attending the California Avalanche Workshop on Oct 14th. This event typically sells out. Purchasing tickets in advance is recommended. There are other great regional workshops going around the country as well. Check the websites of the other regional backcountry avalanche centers listed on avalanche.org for more information.

recent observations

The observations page is available for sharing snowpack and avalanche observations submitted to the avalanche center.

weather summary

Check the NWS Reno Backcountry Weather Forecast. It also includes tabs to remote weather station data.

Click on the button above for info from additional specific weather stations.

Weather observations from along the Sierra Crest between 8200 ft. and 8800 ft.
0600 temperature: (Check the data on the SAC Weather Station Map link at left.) deg. F.
Max. temperature in the last 24 hours: deg. F.
Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:
Average wind speed during the last 24 hours: mph
Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours: mph
New snowfall in the last 24 hours: inches
Total snow depth: inches

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