NOAA: Strong Atmospheric River For California | 2-4+ Feet Of Snow Possible Next 2-Days

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“Heavy mountain snow expected Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon. Plan ahead now!” – NOAA Sacramento, today

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.

  • Boreal
  • Mammoth
  • Mt. Rose

Ski Resorts OPENING This Week in California:

  • Squaw Valley – November 17th
  • Heavenly – November 17th
  • Northstar – November 17th
  • Kirkwood – November 22nd
“A Winter Storm Warning will go into effect tomorrow and last through Thursday night for the Sierra above 6000 ft. Travel will be difficult especially Wednesday night and Thursday.” – NOAA Sacramento, CA today

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.
BIG snow forecast by the GEM weather model in CA next 6 days. image: tropicaltidbits.com

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3 thoughts on “NOAA: Strong Atmospheric River For California | 2-4+ Feet Of Snow Possible Next 2-Days

  1. Kirkwood was never scheduled to open Nov. 17. They are scheduled to open Nov. 22 the day before Thanksgiving. Northstar was scheduled to open Nov. 17 and have pushed that back to Nov. 23, Thanksgiving.

    Vail has also pushed back their opening date due to lack of snow (and lack of weather to make snow?)/

    Even bigger news is that Kirkwood is scheduled to close April 8. See http://www.snow.com/faqdetail/Mountain-Information/What-are-the-resorts-opening-and-closing-dates.axd

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