Winter Storm Warning for California Today & Tomorrow | 1-3 Feet of Snow Forecast

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PINK = Winter Storm Warning.
PINK = Winter Storm Warning.

NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning for California today and tomorrow.  1-3 feet of snow is forecast.  125mph winds are forecast.  2-5 foot waves are forecast on Lake Tahoe.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET. TOTALS WILL
  VARY WIDELY BELOW 7000 FEET DUE TO SNOW LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS...
  BUT WILL GENERALLY BE 4 TO 12 INCHES. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS WILL
  BE ALONG AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 89. - NOAA Reno, NV today

Snow levels will be bouncing around during this event.

* SNOW LEVELS: 5500 TO 6500 FEET. SNOW LEVELS COULD VARY THOUGH
  THE EVENT. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Snow forecast map for California showing very high snow totals. image: noaa, today
Snow forecast map for California showing very high snow totals. image: noaa, today
Big winds forecast with this storm. image: noaa, today
Big winds forecast with this storm. image: noaa, today
"Storm total snowfall in our grids through 4 am Wednesday. Upwards of 2 feet at Yosemite National Park. Snow levels will be around 7,000 ft for this event." - NOAA Hanford, CA today
“Storm total snowfall in our grids through 4 am Wednesday. Upwards of 2 feet at Yosemite National Park. Snow levels will be around 7,000 ft for this event.” – NOAA Hanford, CA today

WINTER STORM WARNING for CALIFORNIA:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
343 AM PST MON DEC 21 2015

GREATER LAKE TAHOE AREA-
INCLUDING THE CITIES OF...SOUTH LAKE TAHOE...TRUCKEE...
INCLINE VILLAGE

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING
TO 10 AM PST TUESDAY...

* TIMING: PERIODS OF HEAVY SNOW WILL CONTINUE THROUGH TUESDAY
  MORNING.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 3 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET. TOTALS WILL
  VARY WIDELY BELOW 7000 FEET DUE TO SNOW LEVEL FLUCTUATIONS...
  BUT WILL GENERALLY BE 4 TO 12 INCHES. THE HIGHEST AMOUNTS WILL
  BE ALONG AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 89.

* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 20 TO 35 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 55 MPH
  TODAY...DECREASING TO 15 TO 25 WITH GUSTS TO 40 MPH OVERNIGHT.
  RIDGE GUSTS UP TO 125 MPH.

* SNOW LEVELS: 5500 TO 6500 FEET. SNOW LEVELS COULD VARY THOUGH
  THE EVENT.

* LAKE TAHOE WAVE HEIGHTS: 2 TO 5 FEET WITH THE HIGHEST WAVES FROM
  MID LAKE TO NORTHEAST SHORES.

* IMPACTS: SNOW AND BLOWING SNOW DUE TO WINDS WILL CREATE NEAR
  WHITE OUT CONDITIONS ALONG WITH ICY ROADS. SIGNIFICANT
  DELAYS AND CHAIN CONTROLS ARE LIKELY ON INTERSTATE 80...AND
  HIGHWAYS 50...28...88...89...267...297...AND 431. DANGEROUS
  CONDITIONS WILL EXIST FOR BACK COUNTRY ACTIVITIES AND ANYONE
  OUTDOORS DURING THIS STORM COULD EASILY BECOME DISORIENTED.
  THE POSSIBILITY OF AVALANCHES WILL INCREASE...ESPECIALLY IN
  THE BACK COUNTRY.

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