NOAA: 2-4 Feet of Snow Forecast in California Today & Tomorrow

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It’s insane how much precipitation is forecast in California the next 7 days…

NOAA is forecasting 2-4 feet of snow for California’s Sierra Nevada including Lake Tahoe and Mammoth today and tomorrow.  A Winter Storm Warning has been issued for today and tomorrow (see below).

Squaw Valley is reporting 30″ of new snow since yesterday.

25" of liquid precip in 7 days?  Whoa!  image:  noaa, today
25″ of liquid precip in 7 days? Whoa! image: noaa, today

Tahoe Forecast:

* TIMING: WIDESPREAD SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE
  AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON
  THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT: 12 TO 24 INCHES AT
  LAKE LEVEL WITH UP TO 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET.
  - NOAA Reno, NV today
Big snow forecast in CA next 7 days.  image:  noaa, yesterday
Big snow forecast in CA thru Wednesday. image: noaa, yesterday

Mammoth Forecast:

* TIMING: SNOW WILL INCREASE THIS AFTERNOON AND BECOME HEAVY
  AT TIMES THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE 8000 FEET WITH 8 TO 16
  INCHES ALONG HIGHWAY 395...AND UP TO 2 TO 6 INCHES ELSEWHERE.
  - NOAA Hanford, CA today
Atmospheric River has a big X-Factor...  Rain....  image:  noaa, yesterday
Atmospheric River has a big X-Factor… Rain…. image: noaa, yesterday

 

An Atmospheric River storm is forecast to hit California this weekend.  Snow levels may be as high as 8,500’…  but they may be as low as 6,000′.  Fingers crossed for lower snow levels.

 

Big precip forecast.  image:  noaa, today
Big precip forecast next 7 days. image: noaa, today
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Big precip forecast today thru 4pm.  image:  noaa, today

Yesterday at Alpine Meadows was wildly good and deep.

Today should be even better…

Alpine Meadows, CA Conditions Report: Big Snow, Wind, & Faceshots

Miles in the deep yesterday at Alpine Meadows, CA.  photo:  alan ashbaugh
Miles in the deep yesterday at Alpine Meadows, CA. photo: alan ashbaugh

Winter Storm Warning for California:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
415 AM PST TUE JAN 3 2017

GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, TRUCKEE, STATELINE,
AND INCLINE VILLAGE
415 AM PST TUE JAN 3 2017

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST THIS
MORNING...
...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING
TO 4 AM PST THURSDAY...

* TIMING: WIDESPREAD SNOW SHOWERS WILL CONTINUE THROUGH THE
  AFTERNOON. SNOW WILL BECOME HEAVY AT TIMES THIS AFTERNOON
  THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT: 12 TO 24 INCHES AT
  LAKE LEVEL WITH UP TO 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET.

* WINDS: WIND GUSTS UP TO 45 MPH MAY RESULT IN AREAS OF BLOWING
  SNOW WITH REDUCED VISIBILITY AND PERIODS OF WHITEOUT CONDITIONS.
  WINDS 80-100 MPH ACROSS SIERRA RIDGETOPS.

* LAKE TAHOE: WIND GUSTS 35 TO 45 MPH THIS EVENING AND WEDNESDAY
  MORNING. WAVE HEIGHTS OF 2 TO 4 FEET WITH HIGHEST WAVES FROM MID
  LAKE TO EASTERN SHORES.

* IMPACTS: TRAVEL IS NOT ADVISED. SNOW COVERED ROADS WITH CHAIN
  RESTRICTIONS OR ROAD CLOSURES. GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE AREAS OF
  LOW VISIBILITY DUE TO BLOWING SNOW WITH NEAR WHITEOUT
  CONDITIONS AT TIMES.
image:  noaa, yesterday
image: noaa, yesterday
6-10 day outlook looking wet for CA.  image:  noaa, yesterday
6-10 day outlook looking wet for CA. image: noaa, yesterday
8-14 day outlook looking wet for CA.  image:  noaa, yesterday
8-14 day outlook looking wet for CA. image: noaa, yesterday

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