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Avalanche Forecast for 2019-01-13 06:00

  • EXPIRED ON January 14, 2019 @ 6:00 am
    Published on January 13, 2019 @ 6:00 am
  • Issued by Aaron Beverly - Mount Shasta Avalanche Center

The avalanche danger is LOW for all elevations and aspects. Exercise normal caution. Snow returns to the region on Tuesday with significant snowfall expected Wednesday and Thursday.

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

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

  • Character ?
  • Aspect/Elevation ?
  • Likelihood ?
    Very Likely

Avalanche danger is LOW. Exercise normal caution. This means:

  • Continue to watch for isolated wind slabs.
  • Carry a beacon, shovel, and probe and know how to use them.
  • Create a travel plan and stick to it.
  • Look for evidence of instability.
  • Expose only one person at a time in avalanche terrain.

Recent Observations

Total height of snow at the Old Ski Bowl is 80 inches. In the last 24 hours, no new snow has been received, east/southeast winds have ranged from 7 to 28 mi/hr, averaging 15, and gusting up to 37.

Near and above treeline snow surfaces are chalky and wind textured or settled and dry. Below treeline, a melt-freeze crust exists.

Some snow is available for transport and continues to be blown above treeline, though no wind slab development has been observed. No avalanches or other signs of instability have been seen. Snowpack has shown no reactivity to the numerous skiers and snowmobilers using it.

Mount Shasta is 173% of normal for precipitation in January!

Weather and Current Conditions

Weather Summary

Conditions will remain mostly clear and dry until tomorrow night. A brief spike in temperature is expected today, but otherwise temperatures should remain near or below freezing above 5000 feet. Above treeline expect moderate southeast winds.

A low pressure system will begin to affect the area tomorrow night bringing minimal precipitation Tuesday. A second system follows late Tuesday night that should drop over 2 inches of water Wednesday and Thursday. Snow levels should be near or below 5000 feet for both of these weather events.

24 Hour Weather Station Data @ 4:00 AM

Weather Station Temp (°F) Wind (mi/hr) Snow (in) Comments
Cur Min Max Avg Avg Max Gust Dir Depth New Water Equivalent Settlement
Mt. Shasta City (3540 ft) 32 30 52 40.5 1 N
Sand Flat (6750 ft) 30 29 34 32 67 0 0 2
Ski Bowl (7600 ft) 30 29 35.5 32 79.7 0 0 1.5
Gray Butte (8000 ft) 26.5 26.5 33 29 15 37 ESE
Castle Lake (5870 ft) station down
Mount Eddy (6509 ft) 27.5 27.5 35 31 2 8 SW 57.7 0 1
Ash Creek Bowl (7250 ft) station down
Ash Creek Ridge (7895 ft) station down

Two Day Mountain Weather Forecast

Produced in partnership with the Medford NWS

For 7000 ft to 9000 ft
(5 a.m to 11 p.m.)
Sunday Night
(11 p.m. to 5 a.m.)
(5 a.m to 11 p.m.)
Weather Sunny. Mostly clear. Mostly sunny. A 10 percent chance of snow after 4 p.m.
Temperature (°F) 37 23 33
Wind (mi/hr) East 10-15 East 5-10 East 5-10
Precipitation SWE / Snowfall (in) / 0 / 0 / 0
For 9000 ft to 11000 ft
  Sunday Sunday Night Monday
Weather Sunny. Windy. Mostly clear. Windy. Mostly sunny. Windy. A 10 percent chance of snow after 4 p.m.
Temperature (°F) 28 21 21
Wind (mi/hr) Southeast 20-25 Southeast 0 Southeast 20-25
Precipitation SWE / Snowfall (in) / 0 / 0 / 0

Season Precipitation for Mount Shasta City

Period Measured (in) Normal (in) Percent of Normal (%)
From Oct 1, 2019 (the wet season) 13.42 18.10 74
Month to Date (since Apr 1, 2020) 5.01 2.89 173
Year to Date (since Jan 1, 2020) 5.01 2.89 173


This forecast does not apply to Ski Areas or Highways and is for the Mt. Shasta, Castle Lake and Mt. Eddy backcountry. Use this information for guidance only. You may find different conditions in the backcountry and should travel accordingly. This forecast expires on midnight of the date it was posted unless otherwise noted.