NOAA is forecasting 14,162-foot Mt. Shasta in California is forecast to receive 6-9 feet of snow from this weekend’s storms. Yes, 6-9 feet of snow.
NOAA has just issued an avalanche watch for Mt. Shasta. The storm that is rolling in right now is forecast to release many avalanches from the above tree-line slopes of Mt. Shasta. These avalanches will be strong enough to power down into the below tree-line areas of Mt. Shasta.
Please stay away from Mt. Shasta this weekend.
Mt. Shasta owns the USA’s single storm snowfall record at 189-inches of snow that occurred from February 13th – 19th, 1959. This weekend’s storm might come close to challenging that record.
NOAA AVALANCHE WATCH for MT. SHASTA, CA:
URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED AVALANCHE WATCH USDA FOREST SERVICE MOUNT SHASTA AVALANCHE CENTER RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE MEDFORD OR 459 PM PST THU FEB 5 2015 ...AVALANCHE WATCH IN EFFECT FRIDAY 8 AM PDT THROUGH SATURDAY 8 PM PDT... THE USDA FOREST SERVICE MOUNT SHASTA AVALANCHE CENTER HAS ISSUED AN AVALANCHE WATCH FOR THE MOUNT SHASTA AREA OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA NOW IN EFFECT THROUGH 8 PM PDT SATURDAY. THE MOUNT SHASTA AREA IS FORECAST TO RECEIVE BETWEEN 6 TO 10 INCHES OF WATER BY MONDAY EVENING...WHICH COULD MEAN 6 TO 8 FEET OF SNOW NEAR AND ABOVE THE TREELINE ON MOUNT SHASTA. SNOW LEVELS WILL FLUCTUATE BETWEEN 6000 TO 8000 FEET. EXTREMELY STRONG SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS WILL ACCOMPANY THIS STORM WHICH WILL PREDOMINANTLY LOAD NORTH AND EAST SLOPES WITH DEEP SNOW. CONCERNS FOR LARGE WIND AND STORM SLAB AVALANCHES EXIST FOR ALL ASPECTS...NEAR AND ABOVE TREELINE ON MOUNT SHASTA THIS WEEKEND. AVALANCHES FROM THE UPPER MOUNTAIN MAY BECOME LARGE ENOUGH TO IMPACT LOWER ELEVATION AVALANCHE RUNOUT ZONES. AVOID TRAVEL IN LOW ANGLE RUNOUT ZONES BELOW TREELINE. THOSE TRAVELING ON MOUNT SHASTA THIS WEEKEND SHOULD HAVE EXTENSIVE AVALANCHE KNOWLEDGE AND USE CAREFUL ROUTE SELECTION. ALWAYS TRAVEL WITH A PARTNER AND CARRY AN AVALANCHE BEACON...SHOVEL AND PROBE. FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION PLEASE VIEW THE CURRENT MOUNT SHASTA AVALANCHE ADVISORY AT WWW.SHASTAAVALANCHE.ORG OR CALL 530 926 9613.