NOAA: 4-6″ of Snow Forecast From Tahoe to Mammoth

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“Mountain snow returns tomorrow morning. Scattered showers are expected to begin with before becoming heavier tomorrow night. Expect slick roads and hazardous travel conditions.” – NOAA Sacramento, CA today

NOAA is forecasting 4-6″ of snow is for California with snow levels down to 1,000′.

It’s currently 5ºF at the base of Squaw Valley.

Tahoe just got up to 7″ of snow yesterday.  See below:

image: noaa, yesterday

NOAA Forecast Discussion:


Cold temperatures are here to stay for a while with daytime highs
expected to hover in the mid to upper 30s the next few days,
around 15 degrees below normal for this time of year. Overnight
temperatures will also remain below average, fortunately they will
be moderated a bit by increasing cloud cover the next few nights
and another incoming storm system that will help keep strong
inversions from setting up.

Another round of snow is expected Wednesday night into Thursday as
a shortwave moves through the large scale trough hanging over the
Great Basin. Overall QPF will should be in the same range as this
last storm with very cold air keeping snow levels well below all
valley floors. With high liquid to snow ratios, snow amounts from
the next system around 2-5 inches for NE California, the Tahoe
basin, and Mammoth Lakes, with around 5-8 inches in the higher
elevations of the Sierra. In western Nevada we could see another
1-1.5 inches of snow with 2-4 inches in the foothills.

The biggest difference with this storm and the last is that it won`t
be nearly as windy ahead the snowfall. Precipitation will be
driven by an upper level disturbance rather than a strong incoming
cold front that brought the last round of snow. 
-Zach/NOAA, today

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