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Power Lines

Location Name: 
Power Lines
Mt. Shasta
Date and time of observation: 
Sun, 03/12/2023 - 12:00pm
Observation made by: 
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Recent loading by new snow, wind, or rain

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96067 Mount Shasta , CA
United States
41° 19' 19.3332" N, 122° 14' 15.2772" W
California US

Snowpack Observations


Observations from the Power Lines route via Old McCloud Road

  • Difficult riding was encountered on the Power Lines route. Sporadic old snowmobile tracks and deep, heavy snow made surface conditions unpredictable and difficult to maneuver.
  • Heavy rain was encountered until about 5,000 feet, where the rain turned to large moist snowflakes. Trees were shedding their snow with the newly added weight. 
  • The top few inches of snow have become very wet and heavy, sitting on top of older, low-density snow. The observed snowpack felt upside down in density. 
  • Below 6,000 feet, winds remained calm to light.
  • Visibility worsened with higher elevation. The sky remained completely obscured throughout the outing. 
  • Precipitation intensity increased with elevation, exceeding 1 inch/hr accumulation rates.

Considering the precipitation intensity and water weight we encountered, snowpack instability is surely on the rise at higher elevations.

​​​​​​On a different note, a couple roof avalanches were seen in town. Be careful out there!

  • Observation Location: Power Lines route, via Old McCloud Road
  • Elevation: 5,500 feet
  • Date: 20230312
  • Time: 1200
  • Observer: S. Clairmont and E. Falconer
  • Sky Conditions: Obscured (X)
  • Current Precipitation: Type - SN and RS, Rate - S1
  • Air Temperature: 32 °F
  • 24-hour New Snow Depth (HN24): 5 in (12 cm)
  • Wind Direction: SW
  • Wind Speed: Light (L), 1-16 mi/hr, twigs in motion


Weather Observations


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