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Avalanche Forecast for 2019-04-09 07:00

  • EXPIRED ON April 10, 2019 @ 7:00 am
    Published on April 9, 2019 @ 7:00 am
  • Issued by Aaron Beverly - Mount Shasta Avalanche Center

Evaluate the snowpack for wind slabs as you transition to above treeline elevations. They could be large and capable of human triggering. Dropping temperatures have diminished the concern for wet loose avalanches and cornice breaks.

Heightened avalanche conditions on specific terrain features. Evaluate snow and terrain carefully; identify features of concern.

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: Wind Slab

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

Whiteout conditions have prevented any useful observations above treeline, but large wind slabs could exist. In the last 3 days, close to 4 inches of rain has fallen at 7,600 feet. Elevations above 9,000 feet may have over two feet of recent snow. SW/W/NW winds have been productive.

Pay attention as you transition to elevations that have not been affected by above freezing temperatures. Shooting cracks or blocking snow in wind drifted areas are signs of the wind slab problem. It'll be best to avoid steep leeward slopes today.

Forecast Discussion

Concern for wet avalanches and cornice breaks have diminished as falling temperatures are likely hardening wet snow surfaces. Firm conditions will begin to be encountered below and near treeline. Nonetheless, today is a day of transition. If you are post-holing above the cuff of your boot in wet snow near very steep aspects, you may want to move to lower angle terrain.

Recent Observations

Whiteout conditions near and above treeline limited observations yesterday afternoon on Mount Shasta. Light to moderate rain was encountered up to 8,200 ft. The upper 18 inches of the snow pack was very wet, though it did not feel capable of sluffing. Column tests did not yield notable results.

1.33 inches of rain fell near treeline in the last 24 hours. Temperatures dropped below freezing after 10 p.m. West/southwest and northwest winds have averaged 22 mi/hr gusting up to 61.

Weather and Current Conditions

Weather Summary

High pressure ridging will bring an end to precipitation by 11 a.m. In the next 24 hours, snow levels will drop to 3,500 ft and northerly winds will be moderate to strong. Optimistic predictions put snow accumulation at up to 2 inches above treeline.

More systems are lined up to bring wet conditions Thursday and Saturday. An unsettled weather pattern will continue into next week.

24 Hour Weather Station Data @ 5:00 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) 38 38 54 47.5 3
Sand Flat (6750 ft) 25 25 40 35 134 0 0 1
Ski Bowl (7600 ft) 22.5 22.5 38 32.5 177.1 0.2 1.18 6
Gray Butte (8000 ft) 20.5 20.5 36.5 30.5 21 61 WSW
Castle Lake (5870 ft)
Mount Eddy (6509 ft) 25 24.5 42.5 34 2 13 S 128.8 0 1
Ash Creek Bowl (7250 ft)
Ash Creek Ridge (7895 ft)

Two Day Mountain Weather Forecast

Produced in partnership with the Medford NWS

For 7000 ft to 9000 ft
  Tuesday Tuesday Night Wednesday (5 a.m to 5 p.m.)
Weather A 40 percent chance of snow showers, mainly before 11 a.m. Mostly sunny. Partly cloudy. Breezy. Mostly sunny. Breezy.
Temperature (°F) 33 25 39
Wind (mi/hr) Northwest 10-15 Northwest 15-20 Northwest 10-15
Precipitation SWE / Snowfall (in) 0.04 / 0-0.50 0.00 / 0 0.00 / 0
For 9000 ft to 11000 ft
  Tuesday Tuesday Night Wednesday (5 a.m to 5 p.m.)
Weather A 50 percent chance of snow showers. Partly sunny. Windy, gusty, low wind chills. Partly cloudy. Windy, gusty, low wind chills. Mostly sunny. Windy, gusty, low wind chills.
Temperature (°F) 17 17 24
Wind (mi/hr) Northwest 35-40 Northwest 35-45 Northwest 30-35
Precipitation SWE / Snowfall (in) 0.04 / 0.50-2 0.00 / 0 0.00 / 0

Season Precipitation for Mount Shasta City

Period Measured (in) Normal (in) Percent of Normal (%)
From Oct 1, 2018 (the wet season) 38.38 36.37 106
Month to Date (since Sep 1, 2019) 3.16 0.91 347
Year to Date (since Jan 1, 2019) 29.97 21.16 142


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