Avalanche Advisory: Wednesday - Jan 20, 2021

THIS AVALANCHE ADVISORY EXPIRED ON January 21, 2021 @ 6:35 am
Avalanche Advisory published on January 20, 2021 @ 6:35 am
Issued by Chris Engelhardt - Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center

LOW Avalanche danger exists today. Be on the lookout for unstable snow on isolated terrain features particularly in complex or extreme terrain. Poor coverage and obstacle ridden conditions remain the greatest hazard.

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Above Treeline
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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Below Treeline
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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As always, remain vigilant for isolated pockets of instability throughout the range. There may be some small deposits of new snow on S-W aspects from yesterday’s dusting and NE winds. Today’s sunny conditions and warmer temps may loosen small pockets of windblown snow and a film of rime ice from cliff faces in extreme terrain. Scabs of old wind slab that have been disconnected from residing snowfields by eroding winds are also features to be on the lookout for. Surface conditions are extremely variable with a plethora of obstacles and your exposure to them remains the biggest hazard.  

Weather and CURRENT CONDITIONS
weather summary

Tranquil weather and a return to warm temperatures for today and Thursday. Sunny skies prevail with temperatures reaching 35degF for the Upper elevations. Light to moderate SE winds are on tap. A small storm with minimal snowfall is scheduled for Friday through Saturday with continued optimism for precipitation into next week. Unfortunately there does not appear to be any Sierra walloper verified at this point.

Two-Day Mountain Weather Forecast Produced in partnership with the Reno NWS
For 8,000 ft. to 10,000 ft.
Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Weather: Sunny. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Clear. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Partly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%.
Temperatures: 35 to 43. deg. F. 20 to 26. deg. F. 36 to 46. deg. F.
Mid Slope Winds: Light winds. Light winds. Southwest around 15 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
Expected snowfall: 0 in. 0 in. 0 in.
Over 10,000 ft.
Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Weather: Sunny. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Clear. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Partly cloudy. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%.
Temperatures: 27 to 35. deg. F. 16 to 21. deg. F. 28 to 36. deg. F.
Ridge Top Winds: Southeast around 15 mph with gusts to 25 mph in the morning becoming light. Light winds becoming west around 15 mph after midnight. West 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 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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