Last night, the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California received its first snowfall of the season. Squaw Vally got 6-7″ of snow up high.
Up to 5 more inches of snow are on the way today before 11pm. NOAA just issued a Winter Weather Advisory for the Sierra Nevada above 8,000-feet.
“A Winter Weather Advisory has been posted for the Sierra above 8000 ft through 11pm this evening. 1 to 4 inches of snow has already been observed overnight, with several more inches possible through this evening. This may cause chain controls or road closures on Highways 4 and 108.
Included is a webcam image from Kirkwood Ski Resort this morning.” – NOAA
Winter Weather Advisory for Sierra Nevada, CA:
...EARLY SEASON SNOW FOR PARTS OF THE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA... .LOW PRESSURE OVER CENTRAL CALIFORNIA WILL BE MOVING SLOWLY EAST INTO WESTERN NEVADA TODAY BRINGING EARLY SEASON SNOWFALL TO THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS OF THE SIERRA. SEVERAL INCHES OF SNOW ARE FORECAST TO ACCUMULATE ON THE HIGHER PASSES MAINLY SOUTH OF HIGHWAY 50 WHICH MAY RESULT IN ROAD CLOSURES OR CHAIN CONTROLS. MOTORISTS AND HIKERS OVER THE HIGH MOUNTAINS SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR WINTRY WEATHER CONDITIONS. ...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING ABOVE 8000 FEET... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY ABOVE 8000 FEET FOR SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING FOR THE WEST SLOPE OF THE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: UP TO 5 INCHES. * ELEVATION: ABOVE 8000 FEET. * TIMING: PERIODS OF SNOW TODAY...TAPERING LATER THIS EVENING. * LOCATIONS INCLUDE: HIGHWAY 88 AND CARSON PASS...HIGHWAY 4 EBBETTS PASS...HIGHWAY 108 SONORA PASS. * WINDS: WEST 5 TO 10 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 20 MPH. * IMPACTS: WINTRY WEATHER CONDITIONS FOR MOTORISTS AND HIKERS. PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS... A WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW MEANS THAT PERIODS OF SNOW WILL CAUSE PRIMARILY TRAVEL DIFFICULTIES. BE PREPARED FOR SNOW COVERED ROADS AND LIMITED VISIBILITIES...AND USE CAUTION WHILE DRIVING.