State of the Snowpack for 1/2/2021 - 1/8/2021

Dates of the Week: 
1/2/2021 to 1/8/2021
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • Deeper and stronger snowpack along the mid and northern Sierra Crest and Mt. Rose areas
  • Shallow and poor snowpack structure in the Carson Pass to Ebbetts Pass areas and some lower elevation locations
  • Dec 11 PWL has shown increased stength in areas with a deeper snowpack (> 1m).  
  • Whumpfing sounds, cracking, and unstable snowpack test results reported in weak, shallow snowpack areas- mostly focused around Carson Pass 
Weather Events: 
  • Jan. 2 rain/mist event
  • Jan. 4 storm with upper elevation snow and lower to mid elevation rain.  3 to 9'' of snow above 7000' favoring the northern part of forecast region
  • Gale force SW wind events