The Eastern Sierras and much of northern California area about to get hit with 3 successive storms over the next few days. Round 1 is expected to arrive today, lasting through Thursday. Then, round 2 arrives on Friday and sticks around throughout the day into early Saturday. Finally, round 3 arrives on Sunday and lasts through Monday.
4 to 7 FEET of snow is possible in the Sierras through Monday.
NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning calling for 8-24″ of snow in Tahoe today and tomorrow.
California is going to experience a lot of precipitation throughout the state over the next 7 days.
The storm will be relatively light in the morning, then intensity will increase in the late afternoon, making the evening commute relatively wet and windy today.
Storm 1 Sierra Snowfall: 8 to 24″ Wednesday-Thursday
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 15 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE ABOVE 4500 FEET, WITH OVER TWO FEET POSSIBLE ALONG THE HIGHER PEAKS. - NOAA Hanford, CA Today
Storm 2 Sierra Snowfall: Up to 24″ Friday-Saturday
This round of storms will arrive Friday and persist into the day Saturday, dropping large snowfall totals on much of the sierra. This storm will have relatively low snow levels, all the way down to 2000 ft.
Storm 3 Sierra Snowfall: Up to 30″ Sunday-Monday
This storm will move into the area Sunday and persist into Monday, leaving large amounts of snow throughout the Sierras. Along with relatively low snow levels that will drop down to 3,500 ft.
These three storms are expected to drop continuous snowfall on the sierras through Monday.
Above average precipitation and below average temperatures over the next 6-10 days should be the perfect combination for some blower powder in California.
Winter Storm Warning for California
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA 439 AM PST WED JAN 18 2017 ...HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW POSSIBLE TODAY INTO THURSDAY... .THE FIRST IN A SERIES OF WINTER STORMS WILL IMPACT NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY INTO THURSDAY. SNOW LEVELS ARE FORECAST TO START OUT BETWEEN 5000 AND 6000 FEET THIS AFTERNOON THEN LOWER SLOWLY TO AROUND 4000 FEET BY MID DAY THURSDAY. 8 TO 15 INCHES OF SNOW ARE POSSIBLE ABOVE 4500 FEET, WITH OVER 2 FEET POSSIBLE ALONG THE HIGHER PEAKS. ADDITIONAL WINTER STORMS ARE LIKELY TO BRING HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW LATER THIS WEEK. WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY/LASSEN PARK- WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF CHESTER, QUINCY, AND BLUE CANYON 439 AM PST WED JAN 18 2017 ...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO NOON PST THURSDAY... * MAIN IMPACTS: TRAVELERS MAY EXPERIENCE HAZARDOUS TRAVEL CONDITIONS AND LONG DELAYS. CHAIN RESTRICTIONS LIKELY. SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW MAY BRING PERIODS OF NEAR WHITE-OUT CONDITIONS. * CONFIDENCE...HIGH. * TIMING...MIDDAY WEDNESDAY THROUGH MIDDAY THURSDAY. * LOCATIONS...LASSEN PARK...INTERSTATE 80 OVER DONNER PASS... HIGHWAY 50 OVER ECHO SUMMIT...HIGHWAY 88 OVER CARSON PASS. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 15 INCHES OF SNOW POSSIBLE ABOVE 4500 FEET, WITH OVER TWO FEET POSSIBLE ALONG THE HIGHER PEAKS. * OTHER IMPACTS...STRONG WINDS WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH POSSIBLE THIS EVENING.