NOAA: Winter Storm Watch Issued For CA | 1-2 FEET of Snow Above 6,500ft Thursday – Friday

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
BLUE= Winter Storm Watch. Image: NOAA

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for California. It is in effect from 12:00pm on Thursday – 4:00pm on Friday. Heavy snowfall is forecasted to impact the area, along with Sierra Ridgetop winds that could reach 100mph.

1-2 FEET of Snow Above 6,500ft Thursday – Friday In California. 

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

Snow levels are forecasted to lower down to 4,000ft on Thursday, then continue lowering to 3,000ft on Friday. Several inches of snow is forecasted to fall at and above 4,500ft.

Additional Storm Info:

Unsettled weather this week. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA
Snowfall totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA

California: 1-2 FEET of Snow Above 6,500ft Thursday – Friday

* Total snow accumulations of 3 to 6 inches possible between
  4500 and 5500 feet, with 6 to 12 inches between 5500 and 
  6500 feet, and 1 to 2 feet above 6500 feet.
- NOAA Reno, NV
Active weather returns late this weekend. image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Winter Storm Watch. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Snow totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Snow totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Snow totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Winter storm totals. Image: NOAA Reno, NV
6-10 day temperature outlook. Image: NOAA
6-10 day precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA

CA Winter Storm Watch:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Reno NV
305 AM PST Wed Jan 17 2018

Lassen-Eastern Plumas-Eastern Sierra Counties-
Greater Lake Tahoe Area-
Including the cities of Portola, Susanville, South Lake Tahoe,
Truckee, Stateline, and Incline Village

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON
THROUGH FRIDAY AFTERNOON...

* WHAT...Heavy snow and strong, damaging winds possible. Damage
 to trees and power lines is possible as well. Total snow
 accumulations of 3 to 6 inches possible between 4500 and 5500
 feet, with 6 to 12 inches between 5500 and 6500 feet, and 1 to
 2 feet above 6500 feet.

* WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area and Lassen-Eastern Plumas-
 Eastern Sierra Counties.

* WHEN...From Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Significant reductions in visibility are
 possible in areas of heavy snow and blowing snow. Power
 outages will be possible, especially Thursday in the Sierra
 Valley and along Highway 395 between Susanville and the Nevada
 State Line. Sierra ridges gusts expected to exceed 100 mph.

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