California ski resorts saw up to 10″ of snow at their higher elevations last night.
NOAA has issued a Special Weather Statement for California’s mountains for Monday and Tuesday.
NOAA is talking about big snow and rain on Monday/Tuesday in California.
Snow levels will be mostly around 8,000′ with this storm which is very high for Tahoe since most resorts only got up to 8,600′.
For Monday’s storm, you’ll want to be as high as possible which means going to higher elevation ski resorts like: Mammoth, Kirkwood, Mt. Rose.
- Squaw Valley, CA = 4″ of snow last night
- Kirkwood, CA = 7″ last night
- Mammoth, CA = 6-8″ last night
- Mt. Rose, NV = 5-10″ last night
A stronger and wetter system will bring significant rain and high elevation snow Monday and Tuesday with travel across the Sierra likely be impacted by snow Monday night through Tuesday night. Quiet weather is expected through the rest of the week into the weekend with a return of wet weather possible mid January. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Snow levels will be complex with this storm but will generally deliver high snow levels – likely around 8,000′ for the bulk of the .
Snow levels will start relatively high due to the subtropical origins of the moisture tap, but do fall as the cold low moves inland, shifting a cold front through the region. What also may be problematic is the wet bulbing (evaporative cooling) that is likely to take place at the start of the event. As the leading edge of precipitation begins to move into the Sierra late Sunday night into early Monday morning, forecast soundings indicate the possibility for snow down to around 6000 feet. This will be brief, and as the warmer and more moisture laden air arrives, snow levels will quickly rise to 7500-8500 feet by Monday afternoon. The cold front looks to push through between 4 am and 8 am Tuesday morning, which will rapidly drop snow levels to around 6000-7000 feet. We could see snow levels in the Sierra periodically dip to 5500 feet in the heavier bands of precipitation. - NOAA Reno, NV today
So, get as high as you can on Monday and Tuesday and hopefully Wednesday is a bluebird powder day up high.’
This storm will be great for building our base up high and terrible for our base down low.
Special Weather Statement for California:
Special Weather Statement National Weather Service RENO NV 329 AM PST Sat Jan 6 2018 Surprise Valley California-Lassen-Eastern Plumas- Eastern Sierra Counties-Greater Lake Tahoe Area-Mono County- Greater Reno-Carson City-Minden Area-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, Stateline, Glenbrook, Incline Village, Sparks, Verdi, Gardnerville, Virginia City, Empire, and Gerlach ...STRONGER STORM EXPECTED MONDAY INTO TUESDAY... After a break in precipitation Sunday, a more significant storm system will affect the region starting Monday. The heaviest rain and snow is likely to occur Monday night into Tuesday, before diminishing Tuesday night. This storm has the potential to produce periods of heavy rain along with significant snowfall for higher elevations of the Sierra, with moderate accumulations possible down to 6500-7000 feet. For lower elevations of the Sierra including lake level in the Tahoe basin, mostly rain is expected, with a short period of snow possible by Tuesday morning. Passes above 8000 feet could be impacted beginning Monday, with travel likely to become problematic for all Sierra passes late Monday night through Tuesday night. Mountains of western Nevada are likely to pick up several inches of snow Tuesday, including the Virginia City Foothills and Geiger Grade. For the remainder of eastern California and western Nevada at elevations below 5500 feet, periods of rain are most likely from late Monday through midday Tuesday.