State of the Snowpack for 1/16/2021 - 1/22/2021

Dates of the Week: 
1/16/2021 to 1/22/2021
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • Firm rain crusts on NW-N-NE aspects with some melt freeze crusts softening on SE-S-SW aspects early in the week 
  • Minimal snow coverage on SE-S-SW aspects throughout forecast region
  • Deeper and stronger snowpacks exist in the mid to northern Sierra Crest locations with shallower and weaker snowpacks in the Carson and Ebbetts Pass areas and East of the Crest
Weather Events: 
  • Spring like weather for the start of the week transitioning to below average temperatures and windy conditions 
  • Powerful NE wind event with Sierra Crest wind gusts near or over 100mph for 24 hour period.  Many downed trees and branches littered on snow surface
  • Pattern change expected to start and bring cold and snowy conditions