NOAA has issued a very widespread Winter Storm Warning for California that is calling for 1-2 feet of snowfall above 4,500-feet Thursday & Friday. This storm will be much colder than the last storm that rained up to 8,500-feet towards the end of the storm.
Snow levels may drop as low as 1,500-feet with this storm.
.A COLD WINTER STORM WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT. SNOW LEVELS MAY FALL AS LOW AS 1500 FEET WITH MODERATE SNOW AFFECTING FOOTHILL COMMUNITIES. - NOAA Reno, NV today
NOAA is forecasting 1-2 feet of snow above 4,500-feet.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...RANGING FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES ABOVE 2500 FEET UP TO 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE 4500 FEET. - NOAA Reno
Lake Tahoe ski resorts have been getting blasted of late with the last storm dropping 60″ inches of snow at Sugar Bowl. Sugar Bowl already has gotten 191″ of snow this year and their snowpack is 51-68″ deep.
The Lake Tahoe snowpack is now above average at 121% of average to date. We don’t think we’ve been above average since 2011…
WINTER STORM WARNING for CALIFORNIA:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA 400 AM PST WED DEC 23 2015 ...COLD WINTER STORM WILL BRING LOW ELEVATION SNOW LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT... .A COLD WINTER STORM WILL MOVE THROUGH THE AREA LATE TONIGHT THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT. SNOW LEVELS MAY FALL AS LOW AS 1500 FEET WITH MODERATE SNOW AFFECTING FOOTHILL COMMUNITIES. HOLIDAY TRAVEL IN THE FOOTHILLS AND MOUNTAINS WILL BE IMPACTED WITH SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL DELAYS AND CHAIN CONTROLS. MOTORISTS ARE URGED TO PLAN ACCORDINGLY. CALL 1-800-427-7623 (ROAD) FOR ROAD CONDITIONS. NORTHEAST FOOTHILLS/SACRAMENTO VALLEY-MOTHERLODE- WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY/LASSEN PARK- WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...PARADISE...GRASS VALLEY...JACKSON... CHESTER...QUINCY...BLUE CANYON ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 1 AM THURSDAY TO 4 AM PST FRIDAY... * MAIN IMPACT...SNOW-COVERED AND SLIPPERY ROADS WITH SIGNIFICANT TRAVEL DELAYS AND CHAIN CONTROLS. DRIVING CONDITIONS NORMALLY SEEN ONLY NEAR PASS LEVELS WILL OCCUR AT MUCH LOWER ELEVATIONS. * TIMING...LATE TONIGHT TO THURSDAY NIGHT. HEAVIEST AFTER SUNRISE THURSDAY INTO THURSDAY EVENING. * LOCATIONS...WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY INCLUDING COMMUNITIES SUCH AS CHESTER, QUINCY AND HIGHWAY 89. WESTERN SLOPES OF NORTHERN SIERRA INCLUDING FOOTHILL COMMUNITIES SUCH AS GRASS VALLEY, CAMINO AND POLLOCK PINES. INTERSTATE 80 AND HIGHWAYS 36, 44, 49, 50 AND 88. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...RANGING FROM 4 TO 8 INCHES ABOVE 2500 FEET UP TO 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE 4500 FEET.