The NOAA has issued an upgraded Winter Storm Watch for the Sierra Nevada of California this week, beginning 10 am Tuesday and lasting through Thanksgiving. Most areas will see up to 3-feet of snow, with some of the southern mountains expected to see up to 4-FEET in the period.
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* WHAT...Heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 feet, with isolated amounts near 4 feet expected. Winds gusting as high as 65 mph over ridgetops and along the crest. * WHERE...Southern Sierra Nevada. * WHEN...From 4 PM PST Tuesday until 4 AM PST Thursday night. * IMPACTS...Travel will be extremely treacherous or nearly impossible. Road closures are likely due to snow cover. Blowing and drifting snow expected, with local whiteout conditions likely over the higher elevations of the Southern Sierra Nevada. Sub-zero wind chill readings are possible.
Given the low snow levels (down to 1,500-feet) and potential for breezy winds, roads may become impassable at times, and holiday travel will be significantly impacted.
This is great news for all west coast ski resorts, who’ve had a pretty terrible start to the season. It’s not been easy watching Colorado, Montana, and the east coast get dumped on early season, but it finally looks like California and the west coast are up and running. Let it snow!