NOAA: Winter Storm Watch Issued For California | 12-18+” of Snow Friday – Sunday Morning

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BLUE= Winter Storm Watch. Image: NOAA

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for California. It’s in effect Friday night – Sunday morning. High winds and heavy snowfall are forecasted to impact the area throughout that time. Travel impacts are likely in the high sierra.

California:

  • 12-18+” of Snow Friday – Sunday Morning

“Satellite imagery across the Central Pacific shows our Saturday winter storm currently well north of Hawaii. Impacts should commence early Saturday morning with moderate Valley rain and heavy mountain snow. This will be one of the colder Pacific storms of the year with the Winter Storm Watch in effect down to 3,500 feet! Additional storms are likely beyond this one so stay tuned to our forecasts for the latest information.”

– NOAA Reno, NV

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

Snow levels are forecasted to hover between 4,000ft – 5,000ft.

The 6-10 day outlook calls for average temperatures and above average precipitation in California.

Additional Storm Info:

Storm’s approaching. Image: NOAA Reno, NV

California: 12-18+” of Snow Friday – Sunday Morning

* Moderate to heavy snow possible. Total snow accumulations of 
  5 to 10 inches, except 12 to 18 inches above 7000 feet. Highest
  accumulations possible west of Highway 89 in the Lake Tahoe 
  Basin and west of Highway 395 in Mono County.
- NOAA Reno, NV
Storm timeline. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA

Winter Storm Watch:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Reno NV
130 PM PST Thu Jan 3 2019

Greater Lake Tahoe Area-Mono County-
Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Bridgeport,
Coleville, Mammoth Lakes, Stateline, and Incline Village

...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM LATE FRIDAY NIGHT
THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

* CHANGES...None.

* WHAT...Moderate to heavy snow possible. Total snow
  accumulations of 5 to 10 inches, except 12 to 18 inches above
  7000 feet. Highest accumulations possible west of Highway 89 in
  the Lake Tahoe Basin and west of Highway 395 in Mono County.
  Winds could gust as high as 55 mph.

* WHERE...Greater Lake Tahoe Area and Mono County.

* WHEN...From late Friday night through Sunday morning.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Travel could be very difficult. Strong
  winds could cause tree damage.
6-10 day temperature outlook. Image: NOAA
6-10 day precipitation outlook. Image: NOAA

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