California Snow Forecast: 1-2 Feet of Snow for Tahoe Today | 1-3 Feet of Snow for Mammoth

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Radar image of the precip moving across CA today at 9:39am pst. image: noaa
Radar image of the precip moving across CA today at 9:39am pst. image: noaa

The big Christmas storm is hitting California right now.

NOAA has issued Winter Storm Warnings all over California today and tonight that are calling for feet of snow.  There’s even 8-16″ of snow forecast for Los Angeles’ mountains…

From what we can see right now in these forecasts, Christmas Day will be THE DAY.

1-2 Feet of Snow is forecast for Lake Tahoe.

* TIMING: SNOW WILL MOVE INTO THE TAHOE BASIN THIS MORNING WITH
  PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW THIS AFTERNOON THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY
  MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET, WITH LOCALLY
  HIGHER AMOUNTS ALONG THE SIERRA CREST. 8 TO 14 INCHES AT LAKE
  LEVEL.
  - NOAA Reno, NV today

CA Snow Forecast Above

1-3 Feet of Snow is forecast for Mammoth.

* TIMING: SNOW WILL MOVE INTO MONO COUNTY BY MIDDAY TODAY WITH A
  PERIOD OF HEAVY SNOW THIS EVENING THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET WITH LOCALLY
  HIGHER AMOUNTS POSSIBLE ALONG THE SIERRA CREST. 10 TO 18
  INCHES FOR COMMUNITIES ALONG HIGHWAY 395 WITH UP TO 6 INCHES
  EAST OF HIGHWAY 395.
  - NOAA Hanford, CA today


CA Precipitation Forecast Today Above

Big wind will be coming with these storms as well that will most likely be shutting down upper mountains in CA and giving Tahoe surfers something to paddle for.

* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH. SIERRA
  RIDGE GUSTS UP TO 90 MPH.

* LAKE TAHOE WAVE HEIGHTS: 2 TO 4 FEET.
  - NOAA Reno, NV today
Dumping snow at my house in Squaw Valley, CA today at 10am.
Dumping snow at my house in Squaw Valley, CA today at 10am.

An Avalanche Warning has also been issued for California:

AVALANCHE WARNING for CALIFORNIA:


URGENT - IMMEDIATE BROADCAST REQUESTED
AVALANCHE WARNING
FOREST SERVICE SIERRA AVALANCHE CENTER
RELAYED BY NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
729 AM PST FRI DEC 23 2016

THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS TRANSMITTED AT THE REQUEST OF THE FOREST
SERVICE SIERRA AVALANCHE CENTER.

THE FOREST SERVICE SIERRA AVALANCHE CENTER HAS ISSUED A
BACKCOUNTY AVALANCHE WARNING.

* TIMING...IN EFFECT FOR TODAY THROUGH 7 AM SATURDAY.

* AFFECTED AREA...FOR THE SIERRA NEVADA MOUNTAINS OF CALIFORNIA
  AND NEVADA, FROM YUBA PASS TO EBBETTS PASS, INCLUDING THE LAKE
  TAHOE BASIN.

* AVALANCHE DANGER...HIGH IN ALL AREAS.

* REASON/IMPACTS...A FAST AND POWERFUL WINTER STORM WILL IMPACT
  OUR AREA STARTING THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH TONIGHT.
  AVALANCHE HAZARD WILL QUICKLY RISE TO HIGH AS SNOWFALL RATES
  APPROACH 3 INCHES PER HOUR LATER THIS MORNING. WIND SLAB AND
  STORM SLAB AVALANCHE PROBLEMS WILL BE VERY LIKELY AT ALL
  ELEVATIONS THROUGHOUT THE REGION.
image: noaa, yesterday
image: noaa, yesterday
image: noaa, yesterday
image: noaa, yesterday
image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today
Sunset on Lake Tahoe yesterday.
Sunset on Lake Tahoe yesterday.

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