Back country avalanche danger in the Sierra called 'considerable'

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CRYSTAL BAY, Nev. (KOLO) - Sunday update:

The Sierra Avalanche Center on Sunday said the avalanche danger in the Central Sierra area has increased to considerable.

There were already some avalanches on Sunday. The center warns they avalanches would be difficult to survive.

One avalanche was on Shallenberger Ridge northwest of Lake Tahoe.

People in backcountry should avoid areas where deep snow slabs may exist and should stay on slopes of less than 30 degrees that are not connected with steeper terrain.

One avalanche was on Shallenberger Ridge northwest of Lake Tahoe.

Saturday 5 p.m. update:

All avalanche warnings for the Crystal Bay area have been lifted, Washoe County says.

"itizens can resume normal activities. As always, caution on slopes above neighborhoods is recommended," the county said in a statement.

Original story:

The avalanche warning for the Crystal Bay area has been been changed from Stage 1 to Stage 2 to reflect increased avalanche risk.

Washoe County announced the increased danger on Saturday morning.

No avalanche danger currently exists, but that could change in four to six hours, the county said.

Another foot of snow has fallen and another 6 inches of snow could fall by the end of the weekend, the county said.

Evacuation of homes in the specified high avalanche hazard areas is not advised by the county so far, but may be recommended later as this storm progresses.

This is Washoe County's report:

Crystal Bay: At this time anyone in or near the Crystal Bay subdivisions should plan to avoid accessing the Upper E. Tuscarora, Teresa Ct., Gochute, Amagosa, N.Pahute and the Wassou entrance at Highway 28 within the next 4 to 6 hours. These streets may be closed should conditions worsen. All residents in Crystal Bay should plan to begin accessing the upper subdivision from the Lakeview and Beowawe entrances.

Third Creek: Pedestrian activity of any kind is not recommended anywhere in the Third Creek area of upper Jennifer St and above. The potential for very large avalanches that can run for many hundreds of vertical feet are a strong possibility this morning.

For backcountry avalanche information, visit the Sierra Avalanche Center website.

One avalanche has already been reported in the region, in Placer County at Squaw Valley. Everyone is believed to be accounted for in that incident.