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Digging Out After the Storm

Location Name: 
East Side
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Thu, 04/01/2021 - 1:00am
Observation made by: 
Red Flags:
Recent avalanche activity
Whumphing noises, shooting cracks, or collapsing
Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain
Rapid warming
Obvious avalanche path
Terrain Trap

Location Map

96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
39° 33' 29.9988" N, 95° 6' 55.9548" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


An unexpected storm blew in last night bringing a plethora of snow to the region, turning the humble homes of your forecasters into veritable snow caves (see photos below). Waste deep snow and 10 foot plow berms made returning to one's residence challenging.

The National Weather Service predicted light winds, above freezing temperatures and no precipitation. So when it began snowing at a rate of 10 inches per hour yesterday afternoon, many of Mount Shasta's residents were taken off guard. Overnight snow totals came close to 60 inches.

With the signficant amount of new snow in the last 24 hours and high northwest winds, we predict low avalanche danger and great spring skiing today. Don't be foolish. Get out there and enjoy this first day of April!


Weather Observations


Cloud Cover: 
100% of the sky covered by clouds
Blowing Snow: 
Accumulation rate: 
Greater than 1 in. per hour
Air temperature: 
Below Freezing
Air temperature trend: 
Wind Speed: 
Gale Force
Wind Direction: