NOAA is calling for a pattern change to finally come to California today that will drop a bit of snow then another stronger storm is forecast to produce “significant snow” at higher elevations on Monday-Wednesday.
Today-tomorrow’s storm will hopefully drop 3-6″ of snow is expected in Tahoe above 7,000-8,000′.
Snow levels are expected to start around 8000 feet lowering to near 7000 feet by Saturday morning with around 3-6 inches of snow possible at higher elevations. - NOAA Reno, NV today
NOAA is forecasting a storm on Monday-Wednesday that could drop “significant snowfall” at higher elevations.
This storm has the potential to produce significant snowfall for higher elevations of the Sierra, but relatively high snow levels are likely limit snowfall for the low to mid elevations of the Sierra. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Fingers crossed that these have lower snow levels than forecast.
Special Weather Statement for California:
Special Weather Statement National Weather Service RENO NV 350 AM PST Fri Jan 5 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 ...UNSETTLED WEATHER PATTERN CONTINUES INTO NEXT WEEK... Another round of rain showers and high elevation snow is expected today and tonight. This is a fairly minor storm for January in the Sierra, but still could impact travel along the higher passes of the Sierra. Snow levels are expected to start around 8000 feet lowering to near 7000 feet by Saturday morning with around 3-6 inches of snow possible at higher elevations. After a break Sunday, a more significant storm system will affect the region starting midday Monday through early Wednesday. The heaviest rain and snow currently looks to be Monday night into Tuesday. Forecast confidence has increased as model guidance has trended more toward a wetter scenario. This storm has the potential to produce significant snowfall for higher elevations of the Sierra, but relatively high snow levels are likely limit snowfall for the low to mid elevations of the Sierra. Passes above 8000 feet could be impacted beginning Monday evening, with travel likely to become problematic for all Sierra passes Tuesday afternoon/evening into Wednesday morning. For lower elevations of eastern California and western Nevada, periods of rain are possible from late Monday through early Wednesday.