State of the Snowpack for 1/18/2020 - 1/24/2020

Dates of the Week: 
1/18/2020 to 1/24/2020
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • A rain crust has formed on the snow surface up to about 8500 ft. 
  • The Jan 4 weakness started the week with widespread signs of instability. By the end of the week, data indicated that this layer is gaining strength.
  • Below the Jan 4 crust/facet combination, a well-consolidated snowpack exists.
Weather Events: 
  • A clear day Jan 18 gave way to cloudy skies and warmer weather through Jan 20.
  • Small storm with wind and limited snow on Jan 21. 
  • Another warm and weak storm with rain up to 8500 ft. on the night of Jan 23.