SnowBrains Forecast: 1-3 Feet of Snow for the Sierra Through Friday Morning With More on the Way

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NBM Snowfall Map Through 6 am Friday. Source: maps.weatherbell.com

12:00 am MST, 11/30/2022

Forecast By SnowBrains Chief Meteorologist – Eric McNamee

Forecast Summary:

A trough will move through California and bring 1-3 FEET of snow to the Sierra through Friday Morning.

Snow will initially start Tuesday night as moisture is transported in the region.

This snow will continue as a band and move north to south through Friday morning before tapering off.

Resorts likely to see the most snow are Kirkwood, Mammoth, Northstar, Heavenly, Sugar Bowl, Palisades Tahoe, and Sierra at Tahoe.

Short-Term Forecast:

Wednesday-Friday:

A trough currently off the PNW coast will move through California and bring 1-3 FEET of snow to the Sierra through Friday morning.

As it does so, moisture will be driven toward the Sierra Nevada starting Wednesday night.

Snow will initially start as a well-defined band that will move north to south as the cold front associated with the trough pushes through the region.

Snow levels will start around 2500-3000′ but fall to about 1000′ by Friday morning.

Snow will taper off quickly Friday morning as the trough tracks to the east.

The heaviest snow will fall on Thursday, with snowfall rates reaching 2+” per hour.

NBM Snowfall Map Through 6 am Friday. Source: maps.weatherbell.com
NWS Snowfall Map. Source: NWS Sacramento

Long-Term Forecast:

Saturday-Tuesday:

The next system will move into the area Saturday night into Sunday.

Snowfall totals don’t look as high as the Wednesday night-Friday storm, but a healthy amount is expected.

Another system looks to possibly move through Tuesday night.

Extended Forecast:

Tuesday and Beyond:

This active pattern looks to continue into the extended as global ensembles indicate above-average precipitation and below-average temperatures across California.

8-14 Day Precipitation Outlook. Source: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/
8-14 Day Temperature Outlook. Source: https://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/

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