4-9″ of Snow for Northern California Tonight-Saturday | Then Storms on Monday & Wednesday

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image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

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.

PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory.
PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory.

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

3 storms in the next week
3 storms in the next week

Tahoe has been going off this week with up to 33″ of new snow and the best conditions since 2011.

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.

Aaron Fox on My Air off KT-22 at Squaw yesterday. photo: scott gaffney
Aaron Fox on My Air off KT-22 at Squaw yesterday. photo: scott gaffney
Squaw Valley, USA today. photo: snowbrains
Squaw Valley, USA today. photo: snowbrains

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.
image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

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