NOAA: 0-1″ of Snow for California on Thursday/Friday With Ridge Winds Up To 100mph

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Kirkwood, CA after an early season dusting of snow on November 1st, 2014. image: kirkwood webcam

The snowstorm headed to California doesn’t look like it’ll amount to much.

NOAA is calling for 0-1″ of snow in most of California with the possibility of up to a few inches of snow on the highest peaks above 7,500′.

The wind will be gusting up to 100mph with this storm.

Ridge winds will increase significantly with this storm with gusts between 80-100 mph
possible. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Snowfall forecast for California on Thursday/Friday. image: noaa, today
Precipitation will likely occur with this storm especially along the
Sierra crest and north of Highway 50, but amounts have been reduced
since we first started talking about the storm. It looks like we
could get between 0.25 and 0.50 inch for northeast CA, Tahoe basin,
and near the Sierra crest (mainly north of Tioga Pass) with lighter
amounts elsewhere. This system is relatively moisture-starved so
some portions of west central NV especially south of Highway 50 and
eastern Mono County could end up with little to no rain/snow. A few
inches of snow may accumulate mainly above 7500 feet, but travel
impacts are likely to be limited to higher passes for only a short
duration. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Wind forecast for California on Thursday/Friday. image: noaa, today

A fall storm will bring gusty winds along with valley rain and mountain snow. Although precipitation chances don’t look significant, there should be some light rain for areas north of Highway 50 starting late Thursday into Friday. Snow accumulations will be possible above 7500 feet, but amounts will be meager.

Be sure to secure your Halloween decorations and trash bins as wind gusts will be between 40 to 50 mph across the region. We don’t need a bunch of ghosts, ghouls, and trash flying about! Please also keep in mind with the winds to avoid activities that would start a fire 🔥.

Here are the forecast wind gusts and snow amounts for the modest Thursday-Friday storm. Note ridge wind gusts will be between 80 to 100 mph, which is fairly typical for a fall storm.

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