Avalanche Advisory - Fri, Nov. 29, 2019

THIS ADVISORY EXPIRED ON December 1, 2019 @ 8:03 pm
Avalanche Advisory published on November 29, 2019 @ 8:03 pm
Issued by Nate Greenberg - Eastern Sierra Avalanche Center

bottom line:

Winter has just turned on with the first real storm of the season dumping 1-3ft+ of new snow since Tuesday afternoon.  The light snow from this cold storm would be terrific for riding if it fell on any kind of a base, but prior to Tuesday the snowpack was too thin to even attempt sliding down hill.  Now the temptation is real, but under this new fluff lies all kinds of rocky and woody sharks and landmines.  Tame your ambitions and take it slow!

Don't let the shallow conditions fool you, avalanches are now a real concern!  ESAC will begin issuing regularly scheduled advisories on Dec 1st.   For now Windslabs will be the primary concern followed by Stormslabs as unsettled conditions continue thru Friday with periods of light snow.  Assess new snow carefully, and choose your route carefully to avoid deeper denser wind deposits at mid to upper elevations until they have time to settle.  

We're expecting some clearing for Friday thru Saturday mid-day, but then late Saturday heavy snow is expected to start again and last until Monday, with unsettled conditions possibly extending thru the week.  

If you get out to explore the mountains, be careful and PLEASE use our observation page and let us know what you find out there!  


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