Winter Storm Warning for California Tomorrow | 8-15″ of Snow Forecast, 1-2″ of Snow Per Hour, 115mph Winds

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Patrol rocking a snowy chairide back in 2011 on Granite Chief at Squaw. photo: squaw
Patrol rocking a snowy chairide back in 2011 on Granite Chief at Squaw. photo: squaw

NOAA has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Lake Tahoe, CA that is calling for 8-15″ of snow in 18 hours tomorrow and Friday.  A Winter Weather Advisory has also been issued in northern California that calls for 6-12″ of snow.  Snow levels will be around 4,500-feet with this quick, hard-hitting storm tomorrow.

...A WINTER STORM WILL BRING A QUICK SHOT OF IMPACTFUL WINTER
WEATHER TO ELEVATIONS ABOVE 4500 FEET THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND
NIGHT.... - NOAA Reno, NV today
Pin = Sugar Bowl. PINK = Winter Storm Warning. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory.
Pin = Sugar Bowl. PINK = Winter Storm Warning. PURPLE = Winter Weather Advisory.  image:  noaa, today

NOAA is forecasting 8-15″ of snow on the west slope of the Sierra and the Sierra crest.  They’re forecasting 2-12″ of snow for the Tahoe basin.

Winter Storm Warning snow forecast:

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 8 INCHES AROUND 5000 FEET 8 TO 15
  INCHES AT PASS LEVELS.  - NOAA Reno, NV today for west slope & crest

Winter Weather Advisory snow forecast:

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 2 TO 5 INCHES AT TRUCKEE AND LAKE TAHOE
  ELEVATIONS. 6 TO 12 INCHES ALONG THE SIERRA CREST INCLUDING
  AROUND DONNER AND ECHO PASSES. - NOAA Reno, NV today for Tahoe Basin
PURPLE = 8-12" of snow forecast Thurday
PURPLE = 8-12″ of snow forecast Thurday

NOAA is calling for snowfall rates to be 1-2″ of snow per hour with this storm.

SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR ARE POSSIBLE. 
- NOAA Reno, NV today
image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

Snow levels are forecast to hover around 4,500-feet on Thursday & Friday.

.A WINTER STORM WILL BRING A QUICK SHOT OF IMPACTFUL WINTER
WEATHER TO ELEVATIONS ABOVE 4500 FEET THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND
NIGHT. - NOAA Reno, NV today
High winds forecast with this storm. image: noaa, today
High winds forecast with this storm. image: noaa, today

NOAA is saying winds will gust as high as 115mph with this storm.

* WIND: SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH.
  GUSTS ON RIDGES OF 90 TO 115 MPH. - NOAA Reno, NV today
Miles Clark surfing Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe, CA on Dec. 11th, 2014. photo: daneggertphotgraphy.com
Miles Clark surfing Carnelian Bay, Lake Tahoe, CA on Dec. 11th, 2014. photo: daneggertphotgraphy.com

Waves as are forecast to be 3-5 tall on Lake Tahoe on Thursday.  Surf’s up.

WAVES UP TO 3-5 FEET ARE EXPECTED. - NOAA Reno, NV today
RED = 95% chance of snow.
RED = 95% chance of snow.

WINTER STORM WARNING for CALIFORNIA:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE SACRAMENTO CA
922 AM PST WED DEC 2 2015

...A WINTER STORM WILL BRING A QUICK SHOT OF IMPACTFUL WINTER
WEATHER TO ELEVATIONS ABOVE 4500 FEET THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND
NIGHT....

.A WINTER STORM WILL BRING A QUICK SHOT OF IMPACTFUL WINTER
WEATHER TO ELEVATIONS ABOVE 4500 FEET THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND
NIGHT. TRAVEL IMPACTS ARE EXPECTED WITH CHAIN CONTROLS LIKELY AND
HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS. PLEASE PLAN AHEAD AND TRY TO AVOID
TRAVEL THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

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

...WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM NOON THURSDAY TO 6 AM PST
FRIDAY...

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SACRAMENTO HAS ISSUED A WINTER
STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM NOON
THURSDAY TO 6 AM PST FRIDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER
IN EFFECT.

* MAIN IMPACTS: HAZARDOUS DRIVING CONDITIONS DUE TO SNOW AND
  REDUCED VISBILITIES. CHAIN CONTROLS LIKELY...PLEASE PLAN AHEAD
  AND TRY TO AVOID TRAVEL AT THIS TIME OVER SIERRA PASSES.

* CONFIDENCE...HIGH.

* TIMING...THURSDAY AFTERNOON AND NIGHT. HEAVIEST SNOW THURSDAY
  AFTERNOON AND EVENING.

* LOCATIONS...INTERSTATE 80 OVER DONNER PASS AND HIGHWAY 50 OVER
  ECHO SUMMIT.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...4 TO 8 INCHES AROUND 5000 FEET 8 TO 15
  INCHES AT PASS LEVELS. SNOWFALL RATES OF 1 TO 2 INCHES PER HOUR
  ARE POSSIBLE.
image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY for CALIFORNIA:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE RENO NV
354 AM PST WED DEC 2 2015

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

...WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM PST
THURSDAY...

THE WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY IS NOW IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM TO 10 PM
PST THURSDAY.

* TIMING: STRONG GUSTY SOUTHERLY WINDS WILL MOVE INTO THE REGION
  THURSDAY MORNING...WITH PEAK WINDS EXPECTED FROM MIDDAY THROUGH
  LATE AFTERNOON. SNOW IS LIKELY TO BEGIN LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON
  OR EARLY EVENING...LASTING THROUGH THURSDAY NIGHT...WITH THE
  HEAVIEST SNOW IN THE EVENING.

* WIND: SOUTH TO SOUTHWEST WINDS 20 TO 30 MPH WITH GUSTS TO 50 MPH.
  GUSTS ON RIDGES OF 90 TO 115 MPH.

* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 2 TO 5 INCHES AT TRUCKEE AND LAKE TAHOE
  ELEVATIONS. 6 TO 12 INCHES ALONG THE SIERRA CREST INCLUDING
  AROUND DONNER AND ECHO PASSES. SNOW MAY BRIEFLY MIX WITH RAIN AT
  LAKE LEVEL THURSDAY AFTERNOON.

* IMPACTS: HIGH PROFILE VEHICLES SHOULD BE PREPARED FOR STRONG
  GUSTY WINDS. BOATERS ON LAKE TAHOE ARE ADVISED TO AVOID GOING
  ONTO THE LAKE THURSDAY AS WATER CONDITIONS WILL BE ROUGH. WAVES
  UP TO 3-5 FEET ARE EXPECTED. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ARE LIKELY BY
  LATE THURSDAY AFTERNOON OR EARLY EVENING ON ROADS SUCH AS I-80
  AND HIGHWAY 50. EXPECT DELAYS AND CHAIN CONTROLS.
image: noaa, today
image: noaa, today
3-day liquid precipitation forecast map showing about 1" of liquid for Tahoe. That would translate to about 12" of snow.
3-day liquid precipitation forecast map showing about 1″ of liquid for Tahoe. That would translate to about 12″ of snow.
Current snow depth in California showing 20-40" depths in most the Sierra Nevada.  image: ncis, today
Current snow depth in California showing 20-40″ depths in most the Sierra Nevada. image: ncis, today

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