One-Two Punch for California Today & Saturday | 1-3 Feet of Snow Forecast

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image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

California will be experiencing a one-two punch today and tomorrow via two successive storms packed very close together.

NOAA has issued Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories all over the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains in California.  1-3 feet of snow is expected from these two storms.

Snowfall forecast for CA. image: noaa, today
Snowfall forecast for CA. image: noaa, today
Snow forecast for Southern Sierra. image: noaa, today
Snow forecast for Southern Sierra. image: noaa, today

Snow forecast for west of Sierra crest and Sierra crest:

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 6 INCHES TODAY EXCEPT UP TO A FOOT
  ABOVE 7000 FEET. 8 INCHES TO UP TO 2 FEET ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL
  TONIGHT AND SATURDAY ABOVE 5000 FEET. - NOAA Reno, NV today

Snow forecast for east of Sierra crest:

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 12 TO 20 INCHES ALONG THE SIERRA CREST WEST
  OF HIGHWAY 89 WITH 6 TO 14 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET EAST OF
  HIGHWAY 89. 3 TO 7 INCHES AT LAKE TAHOE LEVEL.
  - NOAA Sacrmento, CA toda
PINK = Winter Storm Warning. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory. image: noaa, today
PINK = Winter Storm Warning. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory. image: noaa, today

Snow levels will start around 7,000-feet before dropping to valley floors:

* SNOW LEVELS: 6500 TO 7000 FEET TODAY FALLING TO VALLEY FLOORS
  BY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. - NOAA Sacrmento, CA today
Expect serious travel delays this weekend with storms hitting both coasts hard. image: noaa, today
Expect serious travel delays this weekend with storms hitting both coasts hard. image: noaa, today

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Sugar Bowl has already exceeded 300″ of snowfall this season…

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WINTER STORM WARNING for CALIFORNIA:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
257 AM PST FRI JAN 22 2016

...WINTER STORM TO BRING SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL TO THE SIERRA
NEVADA TODAY THROUGH SATURDAY AFTERNOON...

A WINTER STORM WILL MOVE THROUGH NORTHERN CALIFORNIA TODAY THROUGH
SATURDAY. SNOW LEVELS WILL START ABOVE 6000 FEET TODAY DROPPING
TO AROUND 5000 FEET LATE TONIGHT AND ON SATURDAY. SNOWFALL AND
BREEZY WINDS MAY CAUSE TRAVEL DELAYS AND SOME CHAIN RESTRICTIONS AT
THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS ABOVE 6000 FEET TODAY. HEAVIER
SNOWFALL...GUSTY WINDS AND SNOW LEVELS DOWN TO 5000 FEET WILL
LIKELY CAUSE TRAVEL DELAYS AND CHAIN CONTROLS LATE TONIGHT AND
SATURDAY. BE PREPARED FOR WINTER DRIVING CONDITIONS AND CARRY
CHAINS.

WESTERN PLUMAS COUNTY/LASSEN PARK-
WEST SLOPE NORTHERN SIERRA NEVADA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...CHESTER...QUINCY...BLUE CANYON

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IN EFFECT UNTIL 10 PM PST THIS
EVENING...
...WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT FROM 10 PM THIS EVENING TO
4 PM PST SATURDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A WINTER
WEATHER ADVISORY FOR SNOW ABOVE 6000 FEET TODAY AND A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS LATE THIS EVENING
THROUGH 4 PM SATURDAY.

* IMPACTS...TRAVEL DELAYS AND CHAIN CONTROLS ABOVE 6000 FEET TODAY
  AND EARLY THIS EVENING AND ABOVE 5000 FEET TONIGHT AND SATURDAY.
  GUSTY WINDS MAY BRING WHITEOUT CONDITIONS TONIGHT AND SATURDAY
  MORNING.

* TIMING...LIGHT TO OCCASIONALLY MODERATE SNOW TODAY WITH HEAVIER
  SNOWFALL AND LOWER SNOW LEVELS AFTER 10 PM TONIGHT. SHOWERS
  DIMINISHING BY SATURDAY EVENING.

* LOCATIONS...INTERSTATE 80 OVER DONNER PASS... HIGHWAY 50 OVER
  ECHO SUMMIT AND HIGHWAY 88 OVER CARSON PASS. HIGH WAY 89 IN
  EASTERN SHASTA COUNTY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...3 TO 6 INCHES TODAY EXCEPT UP TO A FOOT
  ABOVE 7000 FEET. 8 INCHES TO UP TO 2 FEET ADDITIONAL SNOWFALL
  TONIGHT AND SATURDAY ABOVE 5000 FEET.
El Nino is cranking right now! image: noaa, today
El Nino is cranking right now! image: noaa, today

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for CALIFORNIA:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
257 AM PST FRI JAN 22 2016

CAZ072-NVZ002-230000-
/O.CON.KREV.WW.Y.0006.160123T0000Z-160124T0000Z/
GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SOUTH LAKE TAHOE...TRUCKEE...
INCLINE VILLAGE
257 AM PST FRI JAN 22 2016

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 PM THIS
AFTERNOON TO 4 PM PST SATURDAY...

* TIMING: LIGHT SNOW WEST OF HIGHWAY 89 THIS MORNING BEFORE
  MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW MOVES INTO THE ENTIRE TAHOE BASIN THIS
  EVENING INTO SATURDAY.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 12 TO 20 INCHES ALONG THE SIERRA CREST WEST
  OF HIGHWAY 89 WITH 6 TO 14 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET EAST OF
  HIGHWAY 89. 3 TO 7 INCHES AT LAKE TAHOE LEVEL.

* SNOW LEVELS: 6500 TO 7000 FEET TODAY FALLING TO VALLEY FLOORS
  BY EARLY SATURDAY MORNING.

* WINDS: SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 45 MPH.
  RIDGE TOP WIND GUSTS UP TO 100 MPH.

* IMPACTS: TRAVEL DELAYS AND CHAIN CONTROLS ARE EXPECTED OVER
  SIERRA PASSES THIS AFTERNOON AND EVENING LIKELY SPREADING INTO
  THE ENTIRE TAHOE BASIN BY DAYBREAK SATURDAY. ALLOW EXTRA TIME
  FOR TRAVEL AND CARRY CHAINS. STRONG WINDS AND SNOW WILL CREATE
  NEAR WHITE OUT CONDITIONS IN THE HIGH SIERRA WITH DANGEROUS BACK
  COUNTRY RECREATION.
image: noaa, yesterday
image: noaa, yesterday

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