First Snow of the Year for Sierra Nevada, CA | Up to 6″ Above 8,000-Feet Tonight

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first snow of the year for sierra nevada
first snow of the year for sierra nevada

The first snowfall of the 2014/15 is on its way this weekend in the Sierra Nevada, California.  NOAA is forecasting snow above 8,000-feet on Friday night and Saturday.  Up to 6″ is forecasted on Sonora Pass, CA.  It ain’t much, but we’ll take it.  What it really means is that winter is on it’s way.  Tahoe ski resorts will be opening as early as November 22nd and Boreal likely even earlier.  Lets do this.

Precipitation forecast for the USA the next 3 days.
Precipitation forecast for the USA the next 3 days.

NOAA:

“Low pressure will move across the Sierra Friday night and into central Nevada by Saturday. An area of rain and high elevation snow is forecast to develop on the north side of the low, leading to snow levels as low as 8000-8500 feet. The low pressure will linger over the region through Sunday and produce another round of rain and snow Saturday night into Sunday.

By the time the low moves east Monday, snow fall totals above 8000 feet between Tioga pass and Ebbetts Pass could reach up to 6 inches. Rainfall in the valleys could reach 0.50 inches through the weekend, with higher amounts possible if a band of rain stalls over any one area.

Travel impacts are possible for Highways 4, 88, 89, 108, 120 and 203 in Alpine and Mono Counties. Those planning outdoor activities in the higher elevations of the Sierra this weekend, should prepare for cold temperatures and winter like conditions.” – NOAA

Sierra Nevada, CA from space in 2011.
Sierra Nevada, CA from space in 2011.

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