Issued by Andy Anderson - Tahoe National Forest - Sierra Avalanche CenterhT_h
Snow showers and moderate SW winds started last night and should continue through this morning as a small storm system moves across the region. The weather should start to wind down this afternoon as the snow showers come to an end and the clouds begin to dissipate. The forecast calls for clear skies tonight and a sunny cool day tomorrow. More stormy weather should impact the region next week.
Small slabs of wind drifted snow may have started to form on leeward aspects. As long as new snow amounts remain limited today, these wind slabs should remain small and confined to areas near ridgelines. They may be sensitive to human-triggering, but their consequences should be minimal due to their small size. Larger, more serious wind slabs are unlikely but not impossible in the most wind-loaded areas. If more snow falls than forecasted, expect larger, more widespread wind slabs.
Cornices above a slope, blowing snow, drifted snow, and wind created surface features can help identify where wind slabs may exist. Pay especially close attention to places where wind slabs exist near terrain traps because these can magnify the severity of any size avalanche. Areas sheltered from the winds with previously smooth surfaces should provide more consistent recreation conditions.
|0600 temperature:||24 to 30 deg. F.|
|Max. temperature in the last 24 hours:||26 to 35 deg. F.|
|Average wind direction during the last 24 hours:||SW|
|Average wind speed during the last 24 hours:||20 to 30 mph|
|Maximum wind gust in the last 24 hours:||50 mph|
|New snowfall in the last 24 hours:||inches|
|Total snow depth:||111 to 156 inches|
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