CA Storm #1 of 3 Will Bring High Elevation Snowfall | 6-12″ of Snow Above 5500ft & 2+ FEET Possible For Mountain Peaks

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
BLUE= Winter Storm Watch. Image: NOAA

NOAA recently issued a Winter Storm Watch for much of the Eastern Sierra Mountains in California. High elevation snowfall, high winds, and difficult travel are expected to impact the area beginning late Wednesday Night-Thursday.

6-12″ of snow is forecasted above 5500 ft and 2+ FEET of snow is possible for Mountain Peaks.

7 day snowfall totals. Image: Tropical Tidbits
7 day precipitation totals for California are HUGE. Image: NOAA

The maps reveal that the amount of precipitation that is expected to fall is much more than the forecasted snowfall over the next 7 days. This is evident with the high snow levels associated with the first storm.

More Storm Information:

Winter Storm Watch. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA

Storm #1 Forecast:

  • Snowfall: 6-12″ Above 5500 ft & 2+ FEET For Mountain Peaks
  • Snow Level: 5000 ft
  • Timing: Late Wednesday Night-Thursday
Prepare for more wet weather. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Winter Storm #2. Image: Hanford, CA

Storm #2 Forecast:

  • Snowfall: 1+ FEET of Snow Possible
  • Snow Level: 4000-6,000ft
  • Timing: Friday-Saturday
On track for the wettest year on record. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
5 day snowfall total. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA

Storm #3:

  • Precipitation: Snow, Coldest Storm of the 3
  • Snow Levels: 3000-5000ft
  • Timing: Sunday-Tuesday
6-10 day temperature outlook. Image: NOAA
6-10 day precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA

California Winter Storm Watch:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Sacramento CA
350 AM PST Wed Feb 15 2017

Western Plumas County/Lassen Park-
West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada-
Including the cities of Chester, Quincy, and Blue Canyon

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH
THURSDAY AFTERNOON...

* MAIN IMPACTS: Unprepared travelers may experience long delays.
  Chain controls likely. Poor visibility may make travel
  hazardous. Concern for mudslides over steeper terrain.

* CONFIDENCE...High.

* TIMING...Thursday.

* LOCATIONS...Interstate 80 over Donner Pass, Highway 50 over
  Echo Summit, Highway 88 over Carson Pass, and Lassen Park.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...6 to 12 inches of snow possible above 6000
  feet. Up to 2 feet possible over the peaks.
Silverado is expected to open at Squaw. Image: Squaw Valley Facebook Page
 

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