Greater Lake Tahoe Area Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Special Weather Statement
Issued: 6:28 AM PST Jan. 16, 2020 – National Weather Service

The following message is transmitted at the request of the U.S.
Forest service Sierra avalanche center.

The Sierra avalanche center in Truckee has issued a backcountry
avalanche warning.

* Timing... in effect from Thu 10:00 PST to Fri 07:00 PST.

* Affected area... central Sierra Nevada mountains between Yuba
Pass (hwy 49) on the north and Ebbetts Pass (hwy 4) on the
south, including the greater Lake Tahoe area.

* Avalanche danger... increasing avalanche danger will reach high
danger today and tonight in the mountains.

* Reason/impacts... high intensity snowfall and strong winds are
creating dangerous avalanche conditions. This is also loading
and stressing an existing weak layer in the snowpack in near
treeline and below treeline areas. Natural and human-triggered
avalanches are expected. Some avalanches may be large and
destructive.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. This includes
steep slopes below treeline.

Consult https://www.Sierraavalancecenter.Org or www.Avalanche.Org
for more details information.

Similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside the
coverage area of this or any avalanche center.


628 am PST Thu Jan 16 2020

The following message is transmitted at the request of the U.S.
Forest service Sierra avalanche center.

The Sierra avalanche center in Truckee has issued a backcountry
avalanche warning.

* Timing... in effect from Thu 10:00 PST to Fri 07:00 PST.

* Affected area... central Sierra Nevada mountains between Yuba
Pass (hwy 49) on the north and Ebbetts Pass (hwy 4) on the
south, including the greater Lake Tahoe area.

* Avalanche danger... increasing avalanche danger will reach high
danger today and tonight in the mountains.

* Reason/impacts... high intensity snowfall and strong winds are
creating dangerous avalanche conditions. This is also loading
and stressing an existing weak layer in the snowpack in near
treeline and below treeline areas. Natural and human-triggered
avalanches are expected. Some avalanches may be large and
destructive.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended. This includes
steep slopes below treeline.

Consult https://www.Sierraavalancecenter.Org or www.Avalanche.Org
for more details information.

Similar avalanche danger may exist at locations outside the
coverage area of this or any avalanche center.