South Lake Tahoe, CA- The National Weather Service has issued an Avalanche Warning for the Lake Tahoe region today. That includes the City of South Lake Tahoe. This means avalanche danger is high in our area.
The warning is in effect until 7:00 AM Tuesday. High-intensity snowfall and strong winds are loading new snow onto an already weak snowpack and creating dangerous avalanche conditions. Travel in, near, or below avalanche terrain is not recommended. For more information, visit the Sierra Avalanche Center.
The following are a few of the warning signs of unstable snow and possible avalanches:
- You see an avalanche happen or see evidence of previous slides.
- Cracks form in the snow around your feet or skis.
- The ground feels hollow underfoot.
- You hear a "whumping" sound as you walk, which indicates that the snow is settling and a slab might release.
- Heavy snowfall or rain in the past 24 hours
- Significant warming or rapidly increasing temperatures
- You see surface patterns on the snow made by the force of strong winds. This could indicate that snow has been transported and deposited in dangerous drifts that could release.
For more information on how to spot and stay safe from avalanches, click here.