NOAA has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for northern California due to a fast moving storm that will impact the Sierra Nevada tonight and Saturday. 4-9″ of snowfall is forecast.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 7 INCHES WITH UP TO 9 INCHES OVER HIGHER PEAKS. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Snow levels should be around 4,500-feet.
The Yosemite/Mammoth area is forecast to see a few inches of snow tonight/tomorrow.
NOAA is currently calling for a storm tonight, another storm Saturday night, another storm on Monday, then another storm on Wednesday…
“The storm door remains open with multiple relatively weak storms expected to impact the Sierra through next week.
The first storm is expected to bring snow to the Sierra as early as midnight Friday. This is a fairly weak storm and is only expected to bring a few inches of snow to the Sierra with around 6 inches along the Sierra Crest. There is a chance a secondary slider type band will form Saturday night and bring some snow to western Nevada.
Another fast moving weak storm is expected on Monday with most of the impacts expected in the Sierra. Wednesday through Thursday another storm is expected to impact the region. This storm is currently projected to be stronger than the first two but still not a blockbuster by Sierra standards.” – NOAA Reno, NV today
Squaw has already gotten 210″ of snowfall this season on the upper mountain. That’s already about 50% of average annual snowfall for Squaw…. It’s starting to look like it could be an epic season.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for NORTHERN CALIFORNIA:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA 303 PM PST FRI JAN 8 2016 ...QUICK MOVING SYSTEM WILL BRING SNOW TO THE NORTHERN SIERRA AND NORTHERN MOUNTAINS TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY... .A COOL SYSTEM WILL BRING SNOW WHICH WILL CAUSE TRAVEL PROBLEMS IN THE MOUNTAINS LATE TONIGHT AND THROUGH SATURDAY. SNOW WILL PEAK IN INTENSITY SATURDAY MORNING...AND MOTORISTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO AVOID TRAVEL DURING THIS PERIOD. SNOW LEVELS WILL DROP TO AROUND 3500-4000 FEET. CAZ068-069-091200- /O.NEW.KSTO.WW.Y.0003.160109T0600Z-160110T0000Z/ WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY/LASSEN PARK- WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHESTER...QUINCY...BLUE CANYON 303 PM PST FRI JAN 8 2016 ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 PM PST SATURDAY FOR ABOVE 4000 FEET... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO 4 PM PST SATURDAY. * MAIN IMPACT...SLIPPERY ROADS...TRAVEL DELAYS AND CHAIN CONTROLS POSSIBLE IN THE MOUNTAINS. * TIMING...SNOW BEGINNING LATE THIS EVENING AND PEAKING IN INTENSITY IN THE MORNING SATURDAY. * LOCATIONS...BLUE CANYON AND DONNER SUMMIT ON INTERSTATE 80...ECHO SUMMIT ON HIGHWAY 50...LASSEN NATIONAL PARK...HIGHWAYS 44...36...AND 89. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 7 INCHES WITH UP TO 9 INCHES OVER HIGHER PEAKS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.