Big storm bearing down on Northern California


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Trad climber
Bay Area
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:30pm PT
8 1/2" total for storm.
Near Castle Rock

Trad climber
BackInTheDitch BackInTheDirt BackInTheDay
Dec 3, 2012 - 04:33pm PT

That's Shasta County. . . way down the5 near Redding. . . it has nothing to do with Mt. Shasta.

John M

Dec 3, 2012 - 05:26pm PT
I understand that Ekat. All I meant was that the moisture was in that storm and if just a few small things would have been different, such as snow level, then we could have had more epic conditions.

Plus the storm spread itself out just enough to keep many streams and rivers from flooding.

Some people were saying that this really wasn't that big of a storm. I was refuting that. 23 inches is a whole lot of moisture. So was the 9 inches we got here in Wawona.

Sport climber
mammoth lakes ca
Dec 3, 2012 - 05:36pm PT
Sucka fish creek got 6 inches....RJ

Trad climber
Choss Creek, ID
Dec 4, 2012 - 04:13pm PT
The same storm piled up a bunch of snow in Idaho's Mountains.

Some of it avalanched on Sun Valley's ski mountain, but since it happened at night, no deaths or injuries.

Buried Seattle Ridge chairlift on Monday morning.
Buried Seattle Ridge chairlift on Monday morning.
Credit: Fritz[]

SUN VALLEY -- The Sun Valley Ski Patrol reported an avalanche Monday morning.

Jack Sibbach, Marketing and Public Relations Director for the Sun Valley Company, said, "This was a big one."

Sibbach said the avalanche occurred on Lookout Bowl and slid down the length of the mountain. The Ski Patrol noticed the slide and reported it Monday morning. There is no way of knowing exactly when the avalanche occurred, according to Sibbach.

Sibbach said a pile of snow from the avalanche had gathered at the base of the Seattle Ridge lift. There was no damage to the lift.

Lookout Bowl was not open at the time of the avalanche and is currently still closed.

No one was injured in the naturally occurring slide.

Sibbach said the resort has received 35 inches of new snow since Friday. Winds were high and visibility was low on Sunday. In fact, the resort had to close a few lifts Sunday because of high winds.

Tuesday update:

The Sawtooth National Forest Avalanche Center is reporting considerable avalanche danger in the Sawtooths, along with the North, Central, and South Wood River Valley.

Scott Savage with the avalanche center says two factors are contributing to the avalanche danger.
The first factor, or primary avalanche concern, is a layer of wind affected snow called a "slab" that built up during last weekend's storm.

The second factor, or secondary avalanche concern, is made of two weakened layers in the snowpack buried deep beneath much of the snow in higher elevations.

Anyone going into these mountain areas is cautioned to read the avalanche center's full report, and stay below higher elevations with open, exposed slopes.
Ron Anderson

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Soon to be Nipple suckling Liberal
Dec 4, 2012 - 04:15pm PT
getting sprinkles on and off here on the mound 5000'..
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