NOAA is forecasting a strong Atmospheric River to drop up to 4+ feet of snow in California’s mountains Wednesday and Thursday.
"A strong Atmospheric River (AR) storm is expected to move in Wednesday and Thursday." - NOAA Reno, NV today
NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning for California that is calling for up to 2-4 feet of snow Wednesday and Thursday.
"Tahoe Basin & Northeast CA: Liquid totals through Thursday evening look solidly in the 3-4" range with up to 5"+ right along the Sierra crest. Heaviest snowfall will generally remain above 8,000 feet where 2-3 feet of heavy wet snow is possible. Localized areas of 4`+ are possible right along the Sierra Crest. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Mono County: Liquid totals through Thursday evening look similar and in the 2-4"+ range. Snow levels will be a bit higher and in the 8,000-8,500` range. Snow totals in the high Sierra over 8000 feet will be around 2-3 feet with localized areas up to 3`+ along the Sierra Crest." -NOAA Reno, NV today
“A strong storm will move through the region Wednesday-Thursday with high winds, heavy precipitation associated with an atmospheric river and high elevation snowfall. Here’s the latest simulation for timing and amounts.” – NOAA Sacramento, CA today
Snow levels will be around 6,000′ with this storm.
“A Pacific storm will tap into subtropical moisture and bring periods of moderate to heavy snow above 6000 feet along with strong gusty winds.” – NOAA Reno, NV today
Winds are forecast to gust as high as 120mph on ridgetops.
“Very strong southwesterly winds will increase Wednesday with gusts 55-70 mph with wind gusts in excess of 70 mph in wind prone areas. Ridge top wind gusts will be 120+ mph.” – NOAA Reno, NV today
Ski Resorts OPEN in California/Nevada.
- Mt. Rose
Ski Resorts OPENING This Week in California:
- Squaw Valley – November 17th
- Heavenly – November 17th
- Northstar – November 17th
- Kirkwood – November 22nd
Winter Storm Warning for California:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Sacramento CA 223 PM PST Tue Nov 14 2017 ...HEAVY MOUNTAIN SNOW WEDNESDAY INTO THURSDAY NIGHT... .A Pacific storm will tap into subtropical moisture and bring periods of moderate to heavy snow above 6000 feet along with strong gusty winds. The heaviest snow is expected Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon. Motorists planning travel into the mountains of Western Plumas county and the Sierra Nevada during this time frame should be prepared for hazardous winter driving conditions. West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada- 223 PM PST Tue Nov 14 2017 ...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM WEDNESDAY TO 4 AM PST FRIDAY ABOVE 6000 FEET... * WHAT...Periods of heavy rain and snow and near zero visibility at times. Snow levels generally above the Sierra passes Wednesday and Wednesday night, but lowering below pass level on Thursday. Plan on difficult travel conditions over the Sierra passes Thursday and Thursday night. Possible damage to trees and power lines, and local rock or debris flows. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with localized amounts two feet or more. * WHERE...West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada. * WHEN...10 AM Wednesday to 4 AM Friday. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Southwest wind gusts over 60 mph over the higher peaks.