NOAA: Heavy Mountain Snowfall Headed For CA | 1-2+ FEET of Snow Above 7500-8000ft Wednesday – Friday Morning

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
BLUE= Winter Storm Watch. Image: NOAA

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for California. It is in effect from 4:00pm Wednesday Afternoon – 4:00am Friday Morning. Forecasted snow totals have increased and so has the forecasted impact of the storm.

Mammoth Mountain, Boreal Mountain Resort, and Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe are open for the season. Squaw Valley, Northstar, and Heavenly are scheduled to open on Friday, November 17th. Then, Kirkwood is scheduled to open for the season on Wednesday, November 22nd.

1-2+ Feet of Snow Above 7500-8000ft Wednesday – Friday Morning.

NOAA Has Issued A Winter Storm Watch For:

  • California
7 day snowfall totals. Image: Tropical Tidbits
7 day precipitation totals. Image: NOAA

The heaviest accumulations are expected to occur above 7,500ft, but snow levels are forecasted to drop to-or-below 6,000ft.

Additional Storm Info:

Most probably snow totals. Image: NOAA Reno, NV
Significant snow accumulations are expected over mountain passes. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA

California: 1-2+ Feet of Snow Above 7500-8000ft Wednesday – Friday Morning

* Total snow accumulations of 1 to 2 feet above 7500-8000
  feet with localized higher amounts along the crest. 
  Accumulations below 7500 feet are more uncertain and depend
  on how fast snow levels fall Thursday, but 4 or more inches are possible.
- NOAA Reno, NV
Hazardous travel on mountain passes. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Storm totals near Mammoth Mountain, CA. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA
6-10 day temperature outlook. Image: NOAA
6-10 day precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA

CA Winter Storm Watch:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Reno NV
344 AM PST Tue Nov 14 2017

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

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT...

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions.
 Possible damage to trees and power lines. Total snow
 accumulations of 1 to 2 feet above 7500-8000 feet with localized
 higher amounts along the crest. Accumulations below 7500 feet
 are more uncertain and depend on how fast snow levels fall
 Thursday, but 4 or more inches are possible.

* WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area.

* WHEN...From Wednesday afternoon through late Thursday night.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Significant reductions in visibility are
 possible.

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