NOAA has been tracking a cold Gulf of Alaska storm as it slides down to California from Alaska all last week.
Last night, it hit California dropping 14-18″ on Kirkwood, 6-10″ on Mammoth, and 6-8″ at Sugar bowl. Kirkwood has been dropping lots of hints that they will likely open earlier than scheduled. Most likely this week… Kirkwood has gotten 33″ of snow this season so far.
“Buenos Dias mis amigos,
Cup’O’Joe with 14″ of new snow @the base elevation of 7800′ – 16″ @the top of Solitude, Chair 5 with 18″ around the summit with more snow in the forecast through mid-day and through the night…” – Coop/Kirkwood this morning
Much more snow is forecast to hit Tahoe and Mammoth today. NOAA’s Winter Weather Advisory is still in effect today until 7am tomorrow with 4-18+ more inches of snow forecast today and tonight.
SINCE IT IS CONVECTIVE IN NATURE AND LOCALIZED AREAS CAN SEE UP TO 18" IN THIS TYPE OF EVENT, HAVE ADDED LOCALIZED HIGHER AMOUNTS TO TAHOE/MONO. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Snow levels are were as low as 4,000-feet with this storm.
CALIFORNIA SKI RESORT SNOW TOTALS as of 7AM:
- Kirkwood = 14-18″
- Mammoth = 6-10″
- Heavenly = 3-7″
- Sugar Bowl = 6-8″
- Sierra-at-Tahoe = 6-8″
- Squaw = 5″
- Mt. Rose, NV = 1-2″
- Boreal = 0″
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for CALIFORNIA TODAY:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV 207 AM PST MON NOV 9 2015 ...AREAS OF ACCUMULATING SNOW AND TRAVEL IMPACTS THROUGH EARLY TUESDAY MORNING... .A VERY COLD EARLY SEASON WINTER STORM WILL CONTINUE TO MOVE THROUGH NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY. THIS STORM WILL PRODUCE PERIODS OF LIGHT TO MODERATE SNOW IN NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA AND FAR NORTHWEST NEVADA THIS MORNING. SNOWFALL ELSEWHERE WILL GENERALLY BE LIGHT. A SECONDARY AREA OF LOW PRESSURE WILL DROP SOUTH INTO THE SIERRA AND WESTERN NEVADA TONIGHT AND TUESDAY MORNING. THIS LOW WILL PRODUCE MORE WIDESPREAD AND LONGER LIVED SNOW SHOWERS WITH GREATER ACCUMULATIONS. THIS WILL IMPACT COMMUTES BOTH THIS EVENING AND TUESDAY MORNING. INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SOUTH LAKE TAHOE...TAHOE CITY... TRUCKEE...MARKLEEVILLE...GLENBROOK...INCLINE VILLAGE ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS AFTERNOON TO 8 AM PST TUESDAY... * TIMING: AFTER MINOR ACCUMULATIONS THIS MORNING...HEAVIER SNOW SHOWERS WILL DEVELOP LATE THIS AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL FALL FROM 7 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 AM TUESDAY MORNING. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 4 TO 8 INCHES NEAR LAKE LEVEL WITH 6 TO 12 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS ARE POSSIBLE IN PERSISTENT SNOW BANDS. * IMPACTS: SNOW COVERED ROADS WILL LIKELY CREATE HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DURING THE COMMUTES THIS EVENING AND TUESDAY MORNING. CHAIN CONTROLS ARE LIKELY ON MANY AREA ROADS.