NOAA: Strong Atmospheric River Event On Tap For California | 2-3+ FEET of Snow Above 7,500ft Wednesday – Friday Morning

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PINK= Winter Storm Warning. BLUE= Winter Storm Watch. Image: NOAA

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning and Winter Storm Watch for California. They are in effect from Wednesday Afternoon through Friday Morning. A strong atmospheric river event is forecasted to impact the area, which will result in heavy snowfall above 7,000ft.

2-3+ FEET of Snow Above 7,500ft Wednesday – Friday Morning.

7 day snowfall totals. Image: Tropical Tidbits
7 day precipitation totals. Image: NOAA

The Winter Storm Watch is in effect for areas above 7,000ft, which is where the majority of the accumulating snowfall will occur. 

Additional Storm Info:

Snowfall totals. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA
Precipitation totals. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA

California: 2-3+ FEET of Snow Above 7,500ft Wednesday – Friday Morning

* Total snow accumulations of 2 to 3 feet mainly above 7500 feet,
  with localized amounts of 4 feet near the Sierra crest,
  are possible. 6 to 12 inches are possible down to 7000 feet.
- NOAA Reno, NV
Atmospheric river on tap. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Storm timeline. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Precipitation totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Unsettled weather pattern. Image: NOAA Reno, NV
6-10 day temperature outlook. Image: NOAA
6-10 day precipitation totals. Image: NOAA

Winter Storm Watch:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Reno NV
314 AM PDT Tue Mar 20 2018

Greater Lake Tahoe Area-

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH LATE THURSDAY NIGHT ABOVE 7000 FEET...

* WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 2 to 3
  feet mainly above 7500 feet, with localized amounts of 4 feet
  near the Sierra crest, are possible. 6 to 12 inches are possible
  down to 7000 feet.

* WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area above 7000 feet.

* WHEN...From Wednesday afternoon through late Thursday night.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Plan on difficult travel conditions,
  including during the morning commute on Thursday. Damage to
  trees and power lines is possible. Significant reductions in
  visibility are possible.

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