NOAA: 4-10″ of Snow & 100mph Ridgetop Winds for California on Sunday-Monday

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Snow forecast for NorCal. image: noaa, yesterday

NOAA is calling for 4-10″ of snow and up to 100mph ridgetop winds in California on Sunday and Monday.

Snow level will start around 9,000′ before dropping as low as 4,500 on Monday.

Monday and Tuesday should be decent powder days in Lake Tahoe.

  video of Squaw’s opening day backflips and powder last Friday

Ski Resorts Open in California:

  • Squaw Valley
  • Alpine Meadows
  • Northstar
  • Heavenly
  • Kirkwood
  • Mammoth
  • Mt. Rose, NV
8-12″ of snow forecast for Tioga Pass in Yosemite and only 1-2″ for Mammoth Lakes, CA. image: noaa, yesterday

Special Weather Statement for California:

Special Weather Statement
National Weather Service RENO NV
347 AM PST Fri Nov 24 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


A potent Pacific storm will move inland this weekend and bring
rain, mountain snow and gusty winds. The winds will begin Saturday
afternoon and continue through Sunday night with the strongest
winds during the day on Sunday. Precipitation will begin as rain,
even at the passes, as snow levels start high. Snow levels will
begin to fall early Sunday evening with snow over the passes
possible before midnight. Expect holiday weekend travel impacts
due to winds and snow over the passes. Some details follow:

* WINDS: Strong, gusty south to southwest winds are expected this
  weekend. Winds will be breezy on Saturday and then increase
  significantly overnight into Sunday afternoon. Gusts of 60 mph
  or more are possible along portions of the 395 corridor and
  Sierra ridge gusts will likely exceed 100 mph.

* PRECIPITATION: Light rain is likely over the mountains Saturday
  night and will gradually spread southward through Sunday
  evening. Snow levels will also gradually fall during this time
  before crashing Sunday night as a strong cold front moves
  through. The precipitation will end Monday morning behind the

* SNOW LEVELS: Starting at near 9000 feet Saturday afternoon. They
  will fall to 6000 feet for Lassen County, 6500 feet for the
  Tahoe Basin, and 8000 feet for Mono County by late Sunday
  evening. Snow levels will crash Sunday night and fall to near
  the lower valley floors as the precipitation ends. Initial
  estimates for accumulations over Sierra passes are 4 to 10
  inches, up to 5 inches around Lake Tahoe, and light
  accumulations generally less than 1 inch as low as 4500 feet. Be
  prepared for major travel delays over Sierra passes due to slick
  and snow-covered roads.
image: noaa, today

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