NOAA: Storm to Impact California Thursday | 5-10″ of Snow Forecast

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image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

NOAA continues to track a modest winter storm that was once a strong cyclone in the Gulf of Alaska that’s headed for California on Thursday.  They’re forecasting 5-10″ of snow for the high country of Lake Tahoe and less for the Mammoth/Yosemite area with snow levels from 4,000-5,000 feet.

“A cold front stemming from a strong cyclone in the Gulf of Alaska is forecast to cross the region on Thursday and Friday” – NOAA Hanford, CA today

PURPLE = 8-12" of snow forecast.
PURPLE = 8-12″ of snow forecast.  image:  noaa, yesterday

This storm is forecast to drop more snow on Tahoe than on Mammoth with up to 10″ of snow for Tahoe and up to 6″ of snow for the Mammoth region.

SNOWFALL TOTALS OF 5 TO 10 INCHES IN THE NORTHERN HIGH SIERRA, 
WITH 3 TO 6 INCHES IN THE TAHOE BASIN AND NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA 
(WEST AND SOUTH OF SUSANVILLE) LOOK REASONABLE AT THIS TIME. 
WITH THE BEST FORCING OVER FAR NORTHEAST CALIFORNIA, THE MONO 
COUNTY SIERRA SHOULD SEE LESS SNOWFALL ALTHOUGH 3 TO 6 INCHES 
WILL STILL BE POSSIBLE NEAR THE CREST. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Snow forecast for Mammoth and Yosemite on Thursday showing
Snow forecast for Mammoth and Yosemite on Thursday showing lower snow totals than Tahoe’s forecast.  image:  noaa, today

Snow levels will be a bit higher than the previous storms, but still low for Tahoe standards at 4,000-5,000 feet.

“This storm should be a bit warmer than the last one, with snow levels dropping to 4000-5000 feet.” – NOAA Sacramento, CA yesterday

ORANGE = 80% chance of snow Thursday/Friday
ORANGE = 80% chance of snow Thursday/Friday
Map showing areas that are below average in the precipitation department this water year in CA. noaa: image, yesterday
Map showing areas that are below average in the precipitation department this water year in CA. noaa: image, yesterday

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