Avalanche Warning for Lake Tahoe Today & Tomorrow:

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Avalanche Danger currently Considerable in Tahoe but will rise to HIGH this evening and tomorrow.  image:  avalanche.org, today
Avalanche Danger currently Considerable in Tahoe but will rise to HIGH this evening and tomorrow. image: avalanche.org, today

NOAA has issued an Avalanche Warning as well as a Winter Storm Warning for Lake Tahoe, CA/NV for today and tomorrow.

Please always check 

Avalanche.org

before heading into the backcountry.

Avalanche danger in the Lake Tahoe region will be HIGH from 4pm today until 7am Thursday.  Avalanche danger is currently rates as CONSIDERABLE, the rating the most people under.

* TIMING...IN EFFECT FROM 4PM TODAY THROUGH 7AM THURSDAY.

* AVALANCHE DANGER...HIGH IN ALL AREAS.
- NOAA Reno, NV today
Over 36" of snow forecast on Donner Summit today and tomorrow. image: noaa, today
Over 36″ of snow forecast on Donner Summit today and tomorrow. image: noaa, today

2-4 feet of snow is forecast for Tahoe today and tomorrow.

* TIMING: WIDESPREAD SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE
  AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
  WEDNESDAY NIGHT.
* ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT: 12 TO 18 INCHES AT LAKE LEVEL WITH UP TO 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET.
- NOAA Reno, NV today

Today was super deep at Squaw with 30″ of snow since yesterday.

Snowfall totals in California this morning. image: noaa, today
Snowfall totals in California this morning. image: noaa, today

 

Please be careful out there this week.  Lots of wild weather and dangerous avalanche conditions will make backcountry travel dangerous.

 

Ollie getting shacked today at Squaw Valley, CA. photo: miles clark/snowbrains
Ollie getting shacked today at Squaw Valley, CA. photo: miles clark/snowbrains

Avalanche Warning for Tahoe:

URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
AVALANCHE WARNING
FOREST SERVICE SIERRA AVALANCHE CENTER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
657 AM PST TUE JAN 3 2017

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST
SERVICE SIERRA AVALANCHE CENTER.

THE FOREST SERVICE SIERRA AVALANCHE CENTER HAS ISSUED A
BACKCOUNTY AVALANCHE WARNING.

* TIMING...IN EFFECT FROM 4PM TODAY THROUGH 7AM THURSDAY.

* AFFECTED AREA...FOR THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA
  AND NEVADA, FROM YUBA PASS TO EBBETTS PASS, INCLUDING THE LAKE
  TAHOE BASIN. THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO SKI AREAS OR MOUNTAIN
  HIGHWAY CORRIDORS WHERE AVALANCHE MITIGATION PROGRAMS EXIST.

* AVALANCHE DANGER...HIGH IN ALL AREAS.

* REASON/IMPACTS...A SIGNIFICANT WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT THE
  SIERRA TODAY THROUGH THURSDAY MORNING. AVALANCHE HAZARD WILL
  QUICKLY RISE TO HIGH AS SNOW RATES APPROACH 3 INCHES PER HOUR
  LATER THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING. WIND SLAB AND STORM SLAB
  AVALANCHE PROBLEMS WILL BE VERY LIKELY AT ALL ELEVATIONS
  THROUGHOUT THE REGION.
image:  sierraavalanchecenter.org, today
image: sierraavalanchecenter.org, today

Winter Storm Warning for Tahoe:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
950 AM PST TUE JAN 3 2017

GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, TRUCKEE, STATELINE,
AND INCLINE VILLAGE
950 AM PST TUE JAN 3 2017

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 4 AM PST
THURSDAY...
...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT 10 AM PST THIS
MORNING...

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY WILL EXPIRE AT 10 AM PST THIS
MORNING AND IS BEING UPGRADED TO A WINTER STORM WARNING AT THAT
TIME.

* TIMING: WIDESPREAD SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE
  AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH
  WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT: 12 TO 18
  INCHES AT LAKE LEVEL WITH UP TO 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET.

* WINDS: WIND GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH MAY RESULT IN AREAS OF BLOWING
  SNOW WITH REDUCED VISIBILITY AND PERIODS OF WHITEOUT CONDITIONS.
  WIND GUSTS OF 80 TO 100 MPH ACROSS SIERRA RIDGETOPS.

* LAKE TAHOE: WIND GUSTS 35 TO 45 MPH THIS EVENING AND
  WEDNESDAY MORNING. WAVE HEIGHTS OF 2 TO 4 FEET WITH HIGHEST
  WAVES FROM MID LAKE TO EASTERN SHORES.

* IMPACTS: TRAVEL IS NOT ADVISED. SNOW COVERED ROADS WITH CHAIN
  RESTRICTIONS OR ROAD CLOSURES. GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE AREAS
  OF LOW VISIBILITY DUE TO BLOWING SNOW WITH NEAR WHITEOUT
  CONDITIONS AT TIMES.

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