NOAA: Weak Storm Today-Tomorrow for California | “Significant Snow” for Higher Elevation Next Week

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“A look out over the Eastern Pacific shows an active weather pattern over the next several days. After today‚Äôs weather system passes through, the first half of the coming weekend should see diminishing showers. Sunday looks dry at this time before the next in a series of weather systems comes through the north state on Monday and Tuesday. This next system looks to be a moderately strong winter system and should produce the most precipitation of any so far this month.” – NOAA, today

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
“Active weather has returned to Northern California!
Another weak weather system arrives late tonight and Friday. A potentially stronger one is on track for next Monday-Tuesday!” – NOAA, yesterday

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.

“Nearly the entire state of California will likely be getting in on the rain/snow action in the upcoming week! The wettest days appear to be Monday-Tuesday.” – NOAA, today

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.
“The pattern remains unsettled into the weekend, with a system early Friday into Saturday bringing additional chances for precipitation. A brief break is expected Sunday into Monday with a return to more active weather by Monday night.” – NOAA, yesterday

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