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

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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 and high winds are expected to impact the area, as Sierra ridgetops could see wind gusts as high as 100 MPH.

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

7 day snowfall totals are huge in CA. 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 above 4,500ft.

Additional Storm Info:

Unsettled weather in CA this week. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA
An early look at snow 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
Storm timeline. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Snow continues throughout the extended forecast. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Snow is headed for CA this week. Image: NOAA Reno, NV
Weather timeline. 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
329 AM PST Tue Jan 16 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
329 AM PST Tue Jan 16 2018

...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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