State of the Snowpack for 11/17/2018 - 11/23/2018

Dates of the Week: 
11/17/2018 to 11/23/2018
Avalanche Problems: 

 

General Snowpack Structure: 

 

  • Density change with heavier wet snow on top of dry colder snow.
  • Below 8000', snowpack is made up of wet grains from heavy rain on snow.
  • Above 8000', snowpack has rain crust near surface with dry snow down to ground.
Weather Events: 

 

  • First series of storms for the winter this week: 11/21-11/23 
  • 1 to 2' of snow along the Sierra Crest above 8000' with up to 1' in the Mt. Rose area. 
  • Rain up to at least 9000' along the Sierra Crest
  • Strong to gale force SW winds