Heavy rain soaked Squaw Valley today as a long awaited winter storm entered the region. We are dealing with a very weak snowpack which may benefit from being saturated before temperatures drop and the snowfall begins. Wet snow should help cake over rocks and other low tide hazards. The Sierra Avalanche Center expects conditions to get dangerous as storm slabs load on top of the persistent weak layer. Time will tell whether the PWL will break down or remain a threat as our ski season finally gets under way here in February. Thankfully we are getting precipitation that we desperately need and this storm is expected to finish cold and dry which may actually offer up some nice skiing. Imagine that!?!
Sierra Avalanche Center Forecast for January 29, 2014