“After a few weeks of dry and mild weather for much of the region, wet weather is forecast to return with VIGOR later this week!” – NOAA Sacramento, CA today
After nothing but sun and heat for 17 days, California will return to its snowy, El Nino ways this week. A storm will be hitting CA on Wednesday and Thursday.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...1 TO 2 FEET POSSIBLE ABOVE 6000 FEET WITHUP TO 10 INCHES ABOVE 5000 FEET TAPERING TO A COUPLE INCHES DOWN TO 3500 FEET. - NOAA Forecast for Lake Tahoe
NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Watch nearly the entire Sierra Nevada mountain range.
1-2 feet of snow is forecast all over the Sierra Nevada on Wed/Thurs.
Snow levels are forecast to start around 6,500-feet before dropping to 4,000-feet.
* SNOW LEVELS...INITIALLY ABOVE 6500 FEET WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON,LOWERING TO AROUND 3500 TO 4000 FEET THURSDAY MORNING. - NOAA forecast for Tahoe area
The California snowpack is currently sitting at 99% of average.
WINTER STORM WATCH for CALIFORNIA:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HANFORD CA 1103 AM PST MON FEB 15 2016 SIERRA NEVADA FROM YOSEMITE TO KINGS CANYON- INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SHAVER LAKE...YOSEMITE VALLEY ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HANFORD HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY MORNING THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE SOUTHERN SIERRA FROM YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK TO KINGS CANYON. * SNOW LEVELS...STARTING OUT NEAR 7000 FEET WEDNESDAY AND LOWERING TO AROUND 5000 FEET WEDNESDAY NIGHT. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...12 TO 18 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET...6 TO 12 INCHES AT 5000 FEET. * TIMING...THE HEAVIEST SNOW IS EXPECTED WEDNESDAY EVENING INTO THURSDAY MORNING. * LOCATIONS...HUNTINGTON LAKE...TUOLUMNE MEADOWS...SHAVER LAKE. * IMPACTS...SNOW COVERED ROADS...TRAVEL DELAYS AND POSSIBLE ROAD CLOSURES...BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH LOCAL WHITEOUT CONDITIONS...DANGEROUS WIND CHILL TEMPERATURES OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. * WINDS...SOUTHWEST 25 TO 35 MPH OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS WITH GUSTS UP TO 65 MPH ALONG THE SIERRA CREST.