Epic California Storm Update | 48″ in The Past 24 Hours and Up To 18″ More On The Way Today

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
Squaw Valley is buried. Image: Squaw Valley Facebook Page
Squaw Valley is buried. Image: Squaw Valley Facebook Page

An EPIC storm has been POUNDING California with heavy snow, high winds, and dangerous conditions. 48″ of snow fell in the past 24 hours at Heavenly and Kirkwood and there’s up to 18″ more on the way today.

Most ski resorts have been closed since Sunday due to the massive amounts of snow. This storm isn’t done yet, its supposed to persist through the day and into Thursday.

The 5 day snowfall totals are HUGE for the Sierras. Image: Tropical Tidbits
The 5 day snowfall totals are HUGE for the Sierras. Image: Tropical Tidbits
Plenty of precipitation on the way for California in the next 7 days. Image: NOAA Today
Plenty of precipitation on the way for California in the next 7 days. Image: NOAA Today

Lake Tahoe: 3-6″ of Additional Snowfall

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...ADDITIONAL 3 TO 6 INCHES DOWN TO 4000 FEET.
- NOAA Reno, NV
Additional rainfall through Thursday. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Today
Additional rainfall through Thursday. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Today
Truckee River at Vista is expected to reach minor flooding levels. Image: NOAA Reno, NV Today
Truckee River at Vista is expected to reach minor flooding levels. Image: NOAA Reno, NV Today

Sierra Snowfall: 12-18″ of additional snowfall

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...ADDITIONAL 12 TO 18 INCHES ACROSS THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.
- NOAA Reno, NV Today
EPIC 24 & 48 hour totals. Image: NOAA Sacremento, CA Today
EPIC 24 & 48 hour totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA Today
Storm impacts will continue after precipitation stops. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA Today
Storm impacts will continue after precipitation stops. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA Today

Even after the rain and snow comes to an end, impacts such as mud slides, flooding, sink holes, and much more will occur due to the highly saturated soil.

North Fork Dam is insane currenlty. Image: Sacramento Valley Water
North Fork Dam is insane currently. Image: Sacramento Valley Water
Flooding at the South Fork of the Yuba. Image: The Union
Flooding at the South Fork of the Yuba. Image: The Union

As flooding continues, it is recommended for individuals in the area to avoid traveling and take refuge in the safest place near them.

Flooding near SR-70. Image: CHP Donner Pass
Flooding near SR-70. Image: CHP Donner Pass
Chandler Road is flooded near Oakland Camp. Image: CHP
Chandler Road is flooded near Oakland Camp. Image: CHP

A lot of the lower elevation snowfall is hitting the ground and melting on contact, which is adding to the flooding.

Blizzard at Heavenly. Image: Heavenly Mountain Resort
Blizzard at Heavenly. Image: Heavenly Mountain Resort

Heavenly Conditions:

  • 24 Hour Snowfall: 48″
  • 48 Hour Snowfall: 96″
  • 7 Day Snowfall: 144″
  • Season Snowfall: 262″
Kirkwood Today. Image: Coop Cooper
Kirkwood Today. Image: Coop Cooper

Kirkwood Mountain Resort Conditions:

  • 24 Hour Snowfall: 48″
  • 48 Hour Snowfall: 71″
  • 7 Day Snowfall: 133″
  • Season Snowfall: 242″
Nuking at Northstar. Image: Northstar Facebook Page
Nuking at Northstar. Image: Northstar Facebook Page

Northstar Conditions:

  • 24 Hour Snowfall: 42″
  • 48 Hour Snowfall: 78″
  • 7 Day Snowfall: 122″
  • Season Snowfall: 254″
Squaw Valley Yesterday. Image: Squaw Facebook Page
Squaw Valley Yesterday. Image: Squaw Facebook Page

Alpine Meadows Conditions:

  • 24 Hour Snowfall: 42″
  • Storm Total: 80″
  • January Snowfall: 164″
  • Season Snowfall: 269″
Mammoth Today. Image: Mammoth Facebook Page
Mammoth Today. Image: Mammoth Facebook Page

Mammoth Conditions:

  • 24 Hour Snowfall: 13″
  • 48 Hour Snowfall: 32″
  • Storm Total: 73-116″
  • Base: 120-230″
Nuking at Boreal. Image: Boreal Facebook Page
Nuking at Boreal. Image: Boreal Facebook Page

Boreal Conditions:

  • 24 Hour Snowfall: 36″
  • 48 Hour Snowfall: 36″
  • 7 Day Snowfall: 108″
  • Season Snowfall: 217″
Bring you snorkel to Diamond Peak. Image: Diamon Peak Facebook Page
Bring you snorkel to Diamond Peak. Image: Diamond Peak Facebook Page

Winter Storm Warning For Squaw Valley:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
445 AM PST WED JAN 11 2017

GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, TRUCKEE, STATELINE,
AND INCLINE VILLAGE
445 AM PST WED JAN 11 2017

...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST THIS
MORNING...
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING
TO 4 AM PST THURSDAY...

* TIMING: DANGEROUS BLIZZARD CONDITIONS THROUGH THIS MORNING.
  BANDS OF SNOW...HEAVY AT TIMES...WILL CONTINUE THIS AFTERNOON
  AND TONIGHT WITH DECREASING WINDS.

* ADDITIONAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 6 TO 10 INCHES...WITH A FOOT OR
  MORE ABOVE 7000 FEET.

* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH. SIERRA RIDGE
  GUSTS OVER 100 MPH. WINDS DECREASING LATER TODAY.

* IMPACTS: DANGEROUS LIFE THREATENING BLIZZARD CONDITIONS FOR
  TRAVEL AND OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES. STAY HOME AND DO NOT ATTEMPT
  TO TRAVEL UNTIL THE STORM PASSES. AVALANCHE DANGER IS HIGH.

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