NOAA: Blizzard Warning Issued For California | 125mph Ridgetop Winds | 2-5 FEET of Snow Above 7,000ft Through Saturday Morning

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PINK= Winter Storm Warning. ORANGE= Blizzard Warning. PURPLE= Winter Weather Advisory. Image: NOAA

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for California. It’s in effect through early Saturday Morning. Along with that, they’ve issued a Blizzard Warning that’s in effect until 4:00am Friday Morning. High winds, heavy snowfall, and avalanche danger is expected to impact the area throughout this time period.

2-5 FEET of Snow Above 7,000ft Through Saturday Morning.

7 day snowfall totals are HUGE for CA. Image: Tropical Tidbits
7 day precipitation totals. Image: NOAA

8-16″ of snow is possible all the way down to 2,000ft, but snow levels are forecasted to drop as low as 1,500ft at times.

Additional Storm Info:

Unsettled weather pattern in CA looks like it will continue. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Blizzard warning in effect. Image: NOAA Reno, NV

California: 2-5 FEET of Snow Above 7,000ft Through Saturday Morning

* Total snow accumulations of 2 to 5 feet 
  in the Sierra above 7000 feet, with 
  1 to 3 feet of snow below 7000 feet, 
  including the Lake Tahoe basin.
- NOAA Reno, NV
Avalanche watch in the Sierra. Image: NOAA Reno, NV
Snowfall totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Dangerous mountain travel. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
6-10 day temperature outlook. Image: NOAA
6-10 day precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA

CA Blizzard Warning:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Reno NV
414 AM PST Thu Mar 1 2018

Greater Lake Tahoe Area-
Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline,
and Incline Village

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 AM PST
SATURDAY...
...BLIZZARD WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM THIS MORNING TO
4 AM PST FRIDAY...

* WHAT...Heavy snow occurring with periods of blizzard conditions
  expected. Strong winds and heavy snowfall rates will cause
  whiteout conditions with blowing snow. Total snow accumulations
  of 2 to 5 feet in the Sierra above 7000 feet, with 1 to 3 feet
  of snow below 7000 feet, including the Lake Tahoe basin.

* WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area.

* WHEN...For the Winter Storm Warning, until 10 AM PST Saturday.
  For the Blizzard Warning, from 8 AM this morning to 4 AM PST
  Friday which is also when the heaviest snow is expected.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel will be very difficult to
  impossible, including both the morning and evening commutes
  today. Damage to some trees and power lines is likely. Be
  prepared for significant reductions in visibility down to near
  zero at times especially in higher elevations.
Blizzard in Omaha, NE. Image: Omaha Herald

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