NOAA Now Calling California Storm an “Atmospheric River” Event

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Atmospheric River Storm This Weekend

High pressure will bring dry conditions through Thursday. The next system moves into the region early Friday bringing rain, snow and gusty winds for the weekend. High confidence for precipitation to hit the Sierra and western Nevada, but low confidence for snow totals due to model simulation differences with the timing of the cold front this weekend. Latest discussion – http://goo.gl/rcXcwH

Posted by US National Weather Service Reno Nevada on Tuesday, January 26, 2016

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NOAA is now calling this weekend’s storm a “moderate Atmospheric River” as weather forecasting models agree more and more on precipitation totals.

“Moisture streaming from north of Hawaii is heading for Norcal. This along with a series of atmospheric waves will bring wet weather late Thursday thru Sunday. This will also produce some heavy mountain snow.” – NOAA Reno, NV today

Somewhere around 1-3 feet of snow is forecast for the high mountains.

Snow levels will start high, around 8,000-feet on Friday before dropping to 5,000-feet on Saturday then down to 3,500-feet on Sunday.

image:  noaa, today
image: noaa, today

The next storm system forecast to impact central California will continue moving east across the Pacific Ocean through the week. Exact timing and intensity of this storm are still uncertain, but it does look like much of the region will see at least some precipitation over the weekend. Please continue to monitor the forecast for the latest information.

Posted by US National Weather Service Hanford California on Monday, January 25, 2016

image:  noaa, today
image: noaa, today

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