NOAA: Next Storm for California on Sunday | 12-24″ of Snow Forecast

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image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

NOAA is already informing us about the next winter storm for California.  They’re calling for 1-2 feet of snow in Tahoe on Sunday.

“We’re still in the midst of this storm but we also wanted to get the word out that we’re expecting another winter storm on Sunday! Heavy snow is likely on Sunday, with close to 2 feet possible over higher peaks. This will impact mountain travel and lead to travel delays! This system could bring gusty winds across Northern California, which could cause local power outages.” – NOAA Sacramento, CA today

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Snow forecast map showing 4-24″ of snow forecast in California on Sunday.  ORANGE = 12-18″ of snow forecast.

This Sunday storm is forecast to be a bit colder than the current storm in California. 

“A second storm in a series of systems over the eastern Pacific will move southeast on Sunday. This storm will be slightly colder than the first system that is affecting our area now.” – NOAA Hanford, CA today

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NOAA’s  3-7 day hazard outlook showing “Heavy Precipitation” for the Sierra Nevada on Sunday, December 13th.

The current storm is still hitting California’s mountains right now.  A Winter Storm Warning is in effect in the Sierra until 4am Friday morning.

Today’s Snow Totals as of 5:30pm aren’t quite what we hoped for:

  • Mammoth = 3-5″
  • Squaw = 1″
  • UC Berkeley Snow Lab on Donner Pass = 2.7″

“7 cm new snow last 28.5 hours, most of it graupel.” – UC Berkeley Snow Lab at 4:30pm

2.7" of new snow at the UC Berkeley Snow Lab on Donner Summit today at 4:30pm. photo: snow lab
2.7″ of new snow at the UC Berkeley Snow Lab on Donner Summit today at 4:30pm. photo: snow lab
Radar showing more action coming to Tahoe soon. image from 5:30pm pst today.
Radar showing more action coming to Tahoe soon. image from 5:30pm pst today.

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