Eastern Sierra Avalanche Advisory

THIS AVALANCHE ADVISORY EXPIRED ON December 3, 2020 @ 11:38 am
Avalanche Advisory published on December 2, 2020 @ 11:38 am
Issued by Josh Feinberg - Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center

ESAC has begun to ramp up operations for the 2020/2021 season and we are eagerly awaiting more snowfall!  Our annual season kick-off will be a “drive-in” movie style event on Saturday Dec 5th and will be available virtually, check out www.esavalanche.org for information and join us!  

The snowfall from two storms in early and mid November provided us with a glimpse of winter and brought over a foot of snow to the central and northern parts of the forecast zone. While this was enough for some eager beavers to sneak in a few turns in isolated areas, the sunny skies have returned and the forecast for more snow is not looking promising at least until mid-December.

ESAC is fully staffed and ready to begin issuing daily avalanche advisories as soon as we have enough snow on the ground but in the meantime we have a few suggestions on things you can do to prepare for a successful backcountry season. 

Check Your Gear!

  • Make sure your beacon shovel and probe are in good working order. 
  • Pull out and Inspect your equipment for damage and fix or replace as necessary.
    • For a great list of common things to look for when inspecting your skies, boots, and bindings follow this link
    • Don't Forget to inspect other equipment like your helmet, goggles, clothing and backpack. 

Brush up on Avalanche Rescue Skills!

  • Have a buddy (socially distant) hide a beacon in the bushes and practice searching. 
  • Contact your local avalanche education provider to inquire about upcoming courses.
  • Check out our education page HERE for a wide variety of free online education resources.

 

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Weather and CURRENT CONDITIONS
Two-Day Mountain Weather Forecast Produced in partnership with the Reno NWS
For 8,000 ft. to 10,000 ft.
Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Weather: Sunny. Snow levels below 7000 feet increasing to 7500 feet in the afternoon. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Clear. Snow levels 7000 feet decreasing to below 7000 feet after midnight. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Sunny. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%.
Temperatures: 43 to 49. deg. F. 20 to 25. deg. F. 37 to 43. deg. F.
Mid Slope Winds: Light winds. Light winds. Light winds.
Expected snowfall: No accumulation. | SWE = none. in. No accumulation. | SWE = none. in. No accumulation. | SWE = none. in.
Over 10,000 ft.
Wednesday Wednesday Night Thursday
Weather: Sunny. Snow levels 8000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Clear. Snow levels 7500 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%. Sunny. Snow levels below 7000 feet. Chance of precipitation is 0%.
Temperatures: 36 to 42. deg. F. 18 to 23. deg. F. 30 to 36. deg. F.
Ridge Top Winds: Light winds. Light winds. South around 15 mph in the morning becoming light.
Expected snowfall: No accumulation. | SWE = none. in. No accumulation. | SWE = none. in. No accumulation. | SWE = none. in.
Disclaimer
This Avalanche Advisory is designed to generally describe avalanche conditions where local variations always occur. This product only applies to backcountry areas located outside established ski area boundaries. The information in this Avalanche Advisory is provided by the Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center, who is solely responsible for its content.

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