State of the Snowpack for 1/30/2021 - 2/5/2021

Dates of the Week: 
1/30/2021 to 2/5/2021
Avalanche Problems: 
General Snowpack Structure: 
  • Melt freeze crusts formed on most aspects during a warm up early in the week, now covered by recent settled storm snow from the Feb 2-3 storm systems
  • 3 to 4' of settled storm snow from our large storm event on Jan 27-29 make up the bulk of our snowpack
  • Deep persistent weak layers remain near the base of our snowpack on NW-N-NE aspects at all elevations
Weather Events: 
  • 2 small midweek storms up to 1' of snow along the northern Sierra Crest with 2 to 6'' in the southern Sierra Crest, and under 4'' in the Carson Range
  • Strong to gale force SW winds for most of the week, switching to NE post storm late in the week
  • High pressure building with warming temperatures starting on Thursday