NOAA: “Moderate to Heavy Snowfall” for California Ths Weekend | 8-15″ of Snow Forecast

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Lake Tahoe, CA today. photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows
Lake Tahoe, CA today. photo: Squaw Valley Alpine Meadows

NOAA has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for California Saturday and Sunday.

They’re calling for 8-15″ of snow and snow levels as low as 4,000′.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 12 INCHES WITH A MAXIMUM OF 15 INCHES
  HIGHEST ELEVATIONS. - NOAA Sacramento, CA today

NOAA is calling for heavy to moderate snowfall in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains of California with this storm.  This storm should help more ski resorts open up and open resorts get more terrain up and running.

...MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL EXPECTED OVER THE SIERRA CASCADE
RANGE SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY... - NOAA Sacramento, CA today
Big snow forecast for CA today and tomorrow. image: noaa, today
Big snow forecast for CA today and tomorrow. image: noaa, today

9 Ski Resorts Currently OPEN in California:

  • Squaw Valley
  • Alpine Meadows
  • Boreal
  • Heavenly
  • Kirkwood
  • Northstar
  • Bear Valley
  • Bear Mountain
  • Mammoth
  • Mt. Rose, NV
Boreal, CA today.  photo:  boreal
Boreal, CA today. photo: boreal

“A weather system passing through northern California will bring rain and mountain snow to the north state. Snow levels will drop to around 4000 feet which means the higher elevations of the Sierra could see significant snowfall. If traveling through the Sierra Cascade range this weekend, especially Saturday afternoon through mid day Sunday, be prepared for winter driving conditions. Carry supplies and tire chains and allow extra time to reach your destinations.” – NOAA, Sacramento, CA today

Big precipitation forecast in CA today and tomorrow. image: noaa, today
Big precipitation forecast in CA today and tomorrow. image: noaa, today
Red Dog at Squaw yesterday.  photo:  squaw valley alpine meadows
Red Dog at Squaw yesterday. photo: squaw valley alpine meadows

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for CALIFORNIA:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
526 AM PST FRI NOV 25 2016

...MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOWFALL EXPECTED OVER THE SIERRA CASCADE
RANGE SATURDAY INTO SUNDAY...

.A PACIFIC FRONTAL SYSTEM MOVING INTO NORTHERN CALIFORNIA WILL
BRING LIGHT PRECIPITATION TO THE NORTH STATE TODAY. THIS
PRECIPITATION IS EXPECTED TO REMAIN NORTH OF INTERSTATE 80 AND THE
HIGHER ELEVATION SNOWFALL IS NOT EXPECTED TO BE ESPECIALLY HEAVY.
A MORE SIGNIFICANT WAVE OF PRECIPITATION WILL MOVE THROUGH NORCAL
ON SATURDAY. THIS WILL BRING PERIODS OF HEAVIER SNOW TO THE
SIERRA CASCADE CREST FIRST NORTH OF INTERSTATE 80 IN THE MORNING
THEN SOUTH IN THE AFTERNOON. MODERATELY HIGH SNOW LEVELS ARE
EXPECTED AND THIS WILL LIKELY IMPACT HOLIDAY TRAVEL OVER THE
SIERRA THROUGH AT LEAST MID DAY SUNDAY. IN ADDITION TO THE
SNOW...BREEZY TO GUSTY WINDS MAY CAUSE WHITE OUT CONDITIONS AT
TIMES.

WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA-
INCLUDING THE CITY OF BLUE CANYON

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM SATURDAY TO NOON
PST SUNDAY ABOVE 4000 FEET...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR HEAVY SNOW ABOVE 4000 FEET WHICH IS IN
EFFECT FROM 4 PM SATURDAY TO NOON PST SUNDAY.

* MAIN IMPACT...SLIPPERY ROADS AND POSSIBLE CHAIN CONTROLS|

* TIMING...SNOWFALL BEGINNING SATURDAY AFTERNOON AND CONTINUING
  THROUGH MID DAY SUNDAY.

* LOCATIONS...THE WEST SLOPE OF THE NORTHERN SIERRA INCLUDING BLUE
  CANYON AND DONNER SUMMIT ON INTERSTATE 80 AND ECHO SUMMIT ON
  HIGHWAY 50.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...8 TO 12 INCHES WITH A MAXIMUM OF 15 INCHES
  HIGHEST ELEVATIONS.

* OTHER IMPACTS...BREEZY TO GUSTY WINDS WITH POSSIBLE WHITE OUT
  CONDITIONS AT TIMES.

PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory. image: noaa, today
PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory. image: noaa, today

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