State of the Snowpack for 12/5/2020 - 12/11/2020

Dates of the Week: 
12/5/2020 to 12/11/2020
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • 1-2' of mostly supportable snowpack on northerly aspects above 8600' in the Mt. Rose area and 7000' along the northern Sierra Crest and above 8000' along the southern Sierra Crest
  • The faceting process has continued with a generally weak, shallow, and variable snowpack.  Multiple areas now showing unsupportable snow conditions as the snowpack continues to facet.
  • Most future concerns exist with the weak near surface facets, but some areas showing multiple weaknesses in the shallow faceted snowpack.
Weather Events: 
  • Mostly clear, cold nights with sunny days
  • Strong to gale force NE wind event and moderate to strong SW winds
  • No precipitation