and current weather advisory:
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM PST WEDNESDAY...
A WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 12 PM PST WEDNESDAY FOR THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA FROM YOSEMITE PARK SOUTH TO THE KERN COUNTY LINE.
A PACIFIC STORM WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE INTO CENTRAL CALIFORNIA THIS EVENING THEN MOVE EAST OF THE AREA BY WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON. SIGNIFICANT MOISTURE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SYSTEM WILL BRING THE POTENTIAL FOR HEAVY SNOW TO THE SIERRA NORTH OF KERN COUNTY.
SNOW LEVELS WILL INITIALLY BE NEAR 7000 FEET THIS EVENING...LOWERING TO 4500 TO 5500 FEET WEDNESDAY. TOTAL SNOWFALL WILL RANGE FROM 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET...WITH UP TO A FOOT AND A HALF OF TOTAL SNOWFALL AS FAR SOUTH AS SEQUOIA PARK.
STRONG WINDS ARE ALSO LIKELY...WITH GUSTS UP TO 70 MPH THROUGH THE CANYONS AND ACROSS RIDGES. THIS WILL RESULT IN CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW.
5" of snow this morning on the deck in Truckee! We had howling winds yesterday. Snowpack is still thin so I would say it is a bit early for quality backcountry skiing. Today's avy forecast is "Considerable". For northern Sierra-Yuba Pass to Sonora Pass, check this source, new last year:
I took that course 40 years ago. It taught me just enough to not trust myself.
Not to make light of the tragedy but it kind of confirms the hypothesis that the more you (think) you know the more likely you are to die.