The National Weather Service has issued a Special Weather Statement for California. It’s been issued ahead of a major winter storm that’s forecasted to impact the area Wednesday – Thursday. High winds, heavy snowfall, and blizzard-like conditions are in the forecast.
Several FEET Of Snow Above 8,000ft Wednesday – Thursday
“A series of storms will move through the region this week with the strongest storm impacting the region late Wednesday through Thursday. Several feet of snow are possible above 8000 feet with up to 2 feet of accumulation down to 6000 feet in the Sierra.”
– NOAA Reno, NV
Snow levels are forecasted to hover between 4,500ft and 5,500ft.
The 6-10 day outlook calls for above average temperatures and average precipitation in California.
California: Several FEET Of Snow Above 8,000ft Wednesday – Thursday
* Several feet of snow are possible above 8000 feet with up to 2 feet of accumulation down to 6000 feet in the Sierra. - NOAA Reno, NV
Special Weather Statement:
Special Weather Statement National Weather Service RENO NV 413 AM PST Mon Jan 14 2019 Surprise Valley California-Lassen-Eastern Plumas- Eastern Sierra Counties-Greater Lake Tahoe Area-Mono County- Mineral and Southern Lyon Counties-Greater Reno-Carson City- Minden Area-Western Nevada Basin and Range including Pyramid Lake- Northern Washoe County- Including the cities of Cedarville, Eagleville, Fort Bidwell, Portola, Susanville, Westwood, Sierraville, Loyalton, South Lake Tahoe, Tahoe City, Truckee, Markleeville, Bridgeport, Coleville, Lee Vining, Mammoth Lakes, Hawthorne, Yerington, Smith Valley, Mina, Schurz, Stateline, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Sparks, Verdi, Gardnerville, Virginia City, Fernley, Fallon, Lovelock, Silver Springs, Nixon, Imlay, Empire, and Gerlach ...POTENTIAL MAJOR WINTER STORM LATE WEDNESDAY THROUGH THURSDAY... A series of storms will move through the region this week with the strongest storm impacting the region late Wednesday through Thursday. Several feet of snow are possible above 8000 feet with up to 2 feet of accumulation down to 6000 feet in the Sierra. Periods of rain and snow are expected in the lower elevations of northeast California and western Nevada Wednesday through Thursday. SIERRA: Occasional light snow showers are expected Tuesday into Tuesday evening before becoming widespread and heavier Tuesday night. The snow will be heavy at times, especially late Wednesday through Thursday. The snow may briefly change to rain below 6500 to 7000 feet Wednesday night before changing back to snow. Winds will be gusty at times Wednesday and Thursday with ridge gusts of 60 to 80 mph Wednesday, increasing to 100+ mph Thursday. Localized blizzard conditions are possible on Thursday in the Sierra. LOWER VALLEYS: A few snow showers are expected Tuesday with little to no accumulation for western Nevada. Keep in mind that even minor accumulations can bring traffic concerns. Some locations could see problematic commutes Tuesday morning and evening, while others will remain free of snow. Snow will change to rain by Wednesday. Rain late Wednesday and Thursday may produce amounts up to 1 inch. FOOTHILLS AND VIRGINIA CITY: Accumulations could be non-trivial on Thursday for the North Valleys of Reno, foothills west of Highway 395, and for Virginia City. Currently, a few inches of snowfall is possible for these locations. Forecast certainty for these locations is lower than average as it will depend on how fast snow levels fall Thursday. Significant impacts are expected in the Sierra with road closures possible Tuesday night through Thursday. There is the potential for moderate impacts at times down to around 5000 feet in western Nevada, especially Thursday. IF YOU HAVE TRAVEL PLANS PAY ATTENTION TO THE FORECAST and have contingency plans in place.