Avalanche advisory issued for Tahoe, sunshine peers in basin as locals dig out | TahoeDailyTribune.com

Avalanche advisory issued for Tahoe, sunshine peers in basin as locals dig out

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune

As the back-end of a winter storm clears from the Sierra, Tahoans found themselves digging out of 2 to 3 feet of snow and 6-foot high drifts that blew into the basin overnight.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Forest Service has issued an avalanche advisory that will last through tomorrow because of dangerous, unsteady drifts along cornices that piled several feet high from the storm.

The advisory covers the central Sierra Nevada between Yuba Pass on the north

and Sonora Pass on Highway 395 to the south. The advisory applies to backcountry areas outside of developed ski areas only.

Avalanche danger is high near and above treeline on northwest, north, northeast, east and southeast aspects of 35 degrees and steeper, the Forest Service says. Below the treeline avalanche danger is moderate with pockets of considerable danger in open areas 37 degrees and steeper.

High avalanche hazard indicates that unstable snow exists in the backcountry. avalanches are likely on a variety of aspects and slope angles. Safest travel is on windward ridges of lower angle slopes without steeper terrain above. Travel in avalanche terrain is not recommended.

for additional information on the Web go to http://www.sierraavalanchecenter.org

A winter storm warning remains in effect, but patches of sun were apparent at South Shore later this morning, as Super Bowl revelers with places to go and people to see first had to dig themselves out of 2 to 3 feet of snow, with drifts nearly 6 feet high in some areas.

Once the storm has ended, a total snow accumulation of 2 to 3 feet is expected at lake level, with up to 4 feet in some areas above 7,000 feet.

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