3 Storms Are About To Pound California | 4 To 7 FEET of Snow Forecast Through Monday

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
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3 Storm details. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Yesterday

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.

Huge snowfall totals over the next 7 days. Image: Tropical Tidbits
Huge snowfall totals over the next 7 days. Image: Tropical Tidbits
Huge precipitation totals coming to California over the next 7 days. Image: NOAA Today
Huge precipitation totals coming to California over the next 7 days. Image: NOAA Today

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.

MORE INFO:

Storm 1 totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA Yesterday
Storm 1 totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA Yesterday
Storm 1 timing. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Yesterday
Storm 1 timing. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Yesterday

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.

Storm impact timeline. Image: NOAA Reno, NV
Storm impact timeline. Image: NOAA Reno, NV
High winds headed to CA. Image: NOAA Reno, NV Yesterday
High winds headed to CA. Image: NOAA Reno, NV Yesterday

3 Storm details. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Yesterday
3 Storm details. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Yesterday
Total precipitation from the storms. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Yesterday
Total precipitation from the storms. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Yesterday

3 Storm system. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Today
3 Storm system. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA Today

 

Below average temperatures are expected in California throughout the next 6-10 days. Image: NOAA Today
Below average temperatures are expected in California throughout the next 6-10 days. Image: NOAA Today
Above average precipitation expected in California over the next 6-10 days. Image: NOAA Today
Above average precipitation expected in California over the next 6-10 days. Image: NOAA Today

 

It wont be sunny at Squaw Valley for a while. Image: Squaw Valley Facebook Page
It wont be sunny at Squaw Valley for a while. Image: Squaw Valley Facebook Page

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