Avalanche Advisory: Monday - Jan 11, 2021

THIS AVALANCHE ADVISORY EXPIRED ON January 12, 2021 @ 6:12 am
Avalanche Advisory published on January 11, 2021 @ 6:12 am
Issued by Chris Engelhardt - Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center

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LOW Avalanche danger exists today. Remain vigilant for unstable snow on isolated terrain features at all elevations especially in complex or extreme terrain. Poor coverage and obstacle ridden conditions remain the greatest hazard.

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Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

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Near Treeline
Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.

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Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
    Generally safe avalanche conditions. Watch for unstable snow on isolated terrain features.
Avalanche Problem 1: Normal Caution
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A lack of new snow, warming temperatures and relatively little recent wind all have contributed to a shrinking and dormant snowpack.  Although conditions are relatively benign it doesn’t mean that you can’t find isolated pockets of instability in areas. Remain aware at all aspects particularly the upper and mid elevations. Extreme terrain may still harbor panels of old wind slab that have been dis-connected to residing snowfields by eroding winds.  Current conditions warrant consideration of your Risk vs. Reward. Every type of surface conditions exists out there from some soft residual powder in sheltered trees to boiler plate areas, unsupportable faceted snow, and breakable surface crusts. The plethora of obstacles and your exposure to them remain the biggest hazards, where even a small fall or slide could prove to be really dangerous.

Weather and CURRENT CONDITIONS
weather summary

There will be partly cloudy conditions today with warm temperatures reaching well above freezing...up to 38degF in the Upper elevations and soaring to 45degF below 10000ft.  Light to Moderate NW winds are on tap with gusts increasing to the 30mph range for ridge tops. Winds revert back to a SW flow tonight with ridge top winds of 20-30mph and gusts of 50mph. Tomorrow will be mostly cloudy with no precipitation in sight.

Two-Day Mountain Weather Forecast Produced in partnership with the Reno NWS
For 8,000 ft. to 10,000 ft.
Monday Monday Night Tuesday
Weather: Partly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Partly cloudy then becoming mostly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Mostly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%.
Temperatures: 39 to 45. deg. F. 23 to 28. deg. F. 35 to 43. deg. F.
Mid Slope Winds: Light winds. Gusts up to 25 mph in the morning. Light winds becoming southwest around 15 mph with gusts to 40 mph after midnight. Southwest 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 40 mph.
Expected snowfall: 0 in. 0 in. 0 in.
Over 10,000 ft.
Monday Monday Night Tuesday
Weather: Partly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet increasing to 7000 feet in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Partly cloudy then becoming mostly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Mostly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 5%.
Temperatures: 32 to 38. deg. F. 19 to 24. deg. F. 27 to 35. deg. F.
Ridge Top Winds: Northwest around 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Southwest 15 to 30 mph. Gusts up to 30 mph increasing to 45 mph after midnight. Southwest 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 50 mph.
Expected snowfall: 0 in. 0 in. 0 in.
Disclaimer
This Avalanche Advisory is designed to generally describe avalanche conditions where local variations always occur. This product only applies to backcountry areas located outside established ski area boundaries. The information in this Avalanche Advisory is provided by the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, who is solely responsible for its content.

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