NOAA: 1-3″ of Snow for California This Weekend

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A bit of snowfall for CA next 60 hours. image:

NOAA has issued a Special Weather Statement for California today that is calling for 1-3″ of snowfall and big winds on Saturday and Sunday.

A fast moving cold front will move into the region Saturday into Sunday, bringing 
wind, some snow, and much colder temperatures. 
- NOAA Reno, NV today

Past this little storm this weekend, there is no snow in the forecast and it’s not looking stormy for a while…

image: noaa, yesterday

The skiing and riding at Squaw and Alpine and Mammoth has been unreal this week:

Alpine Meadows, CA Conditions Report: Powder Day w/ Lots of Terrain Open & No One Out

“A storm system is expected to impact the region this weekend. Although this storm is relatively weak in terms of precipitation potential, it will bring gusty winds Saturday with the strongest winds north of I-80 Saturday afternoon and evening. Light snow could produce travel impacts in the Sierra and northeast California Saturday night, with snow showers possible Sunday down to lower elevations of western Nevada as below average temperatures return. ” – NOAA Reno, NV today

Special Weather Statement for California Today:

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
1243 PM PST Fri Dec 1 2017

Surprise Valley California-Lassen-Eastern Plumas-
Eastern Sierra Counties-Greater Lake Tahoe Area-Mono County-
Mineral and Southern Lyon Counties-Greater Reno-Carson City-
Minden Area-Western Nevada Basin and Range including Pyramid Lake-
Northern Washoe County-
Including the cities of Cedarville, Eagleville, Fort Bidwell,
Portola, Susanville, Westwood, Sierraville, Loyalton,
South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Markleeville, Bridgeport,
Coleville, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, Hawthorne, Yerington,
Smith Valley, Mina, Schurz, Stateline, Glenbrook,
Incline Village, Sparks, Verdi, Gardnerville, Virginia City,
Fernley, Fallon, Lovelock, Silver Springs, Nixon, Imlay, Empire,
and Gerlach

...Fast Moving Storm with Light Snow and Strong Winds Saturday
into Sunday...

A fast moving cold front will move into the region Saturday into
Sunday, bringing wind, some snow, and much colder temperatures.
Here are the key points.

* Timing: Increasing south southwest winds 15 to 25 mph with gusts
  between 35 to 50 mph Saturday afternoon into Saturday night,
  switching to west northwest and diminishing some on Sunday.
  Light snow for the Sierra starting late Saturday afternoon,
  continuing into Sunday. Period of light snow for western Nevada
  cities Saturday night into Sunday morning, with scattered snow
  showers and lake effect snow continuing Sunday. Generally 1 to 3
  inches is the maximum possible.

* Impacts: Wind impacts will be typical for the region with
  hazards to high profile vehicles on wind prone roads, increased
  turbulence for aviation, and rough water on lakes. Localized
  power interruptions are possible. Snowfall will likely be light
  but that can still accumulate on roads causing slick conditions
  and delays around the region including cities in western Nevada.
  Flash freeze is possible on roads and sidewalks Sunday evening
  as temperatures drop rapidly.

* Confidence: High confidence that we`ll see strong winds but only
  medium confidence on snowfall potential. Storms of this type are
  notoriously tricky to forecast snow even just two days out.

* Advice: Secure loose outdoor objects, canopies, holiday
  decorations by Saturday morning before winds pick up. Factor in
  some extra time for travel Saturday afternoon into Sunday due to
  wind and snow impacts. If snowfall does impact western Nevada
  roads Sunday morning, plan to double your typical drive time.
  Ensure your car is ready for winter travel including carrying
stock image of snow.

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