State of the Snowpack for 12/15/2018 - 12/21/2018

Dates of the Week: 
12/15/2018 to 12/21/2018
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • Mid and upper snowpack wind slabs with some facets below the wind slabs near and above treeline.
  • No problematic weak layers in the lower snowpack, but some faceting in shallower areas.
Weather Events: 
  • Gale force SW winds on 12/14 and on 12/18
  • New snow events up to 4 inches on 12/18 and 12/21
  • Very light rain on new snow up to 8,700' along the Sierra Crest