NOAA just issued a Winter Storm Watch for the southern Sierra Nevada mountains above 9,000-feet for Today and Tomorrow. This southern portion of Sierra Nevada holds the some of the tallest mountains in the Lower 48 in including the tallest mountain in the Lower 48, 14,495-foot Mt. Whitney.
If the snow level is 9,000-feet, there is going to be over 5,000-vertical-feet of snow covered terrain in the High Sierra next week.
“WINTER STORM WATCH issued for portions of Tulare County above 9,000 ft beginning Sunday morning and continuing through Monday morning. Up to 6″ of snow possible with locally higher amounts.” – NOAA Hanford, CA
NOAA’s WINTER WEATHER WATCH:
URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HANFORD CA 100 PM PDT SAT OCT 3 2015 ...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT... THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HANFORD HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM LATE TONIGHT THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT FOR ELEVATIONS ABOVE 9000 FEET. * HAZARD TYPES...SNOW. * SNOW ACCUMULATIONS...POSSIBLY UP TO 6 INCH. LOCALLY HIGHER AMOUNTS OVER THE CREST AND UNDER ANY THUNDERSTORMS. * TIMING...SNOW WILL BEGIN FALLING LATE TONIGHT. HEAVY SNOW SHOWERS MAY BE POSSIBLE BY MIDDAY SUNDAY AND CONTINUE INTO THE EVENING. * IMPACTS...BIGGEST CONCERN WILL BE FOR TRAVELERS GOING INTO THE BACK-COUNTRY OF THE SIERRA NEVADA. IN ADDITION...THUNDERSTORMS WILL AFFECT OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES IN THE AREA OF CONCERN. BACK COUNTRY CAMPERS AND HIKERS WILL LIKELY SEE RAPID CHANGES IN THE WEATHER. * WINDS...VARIABLE WINDS 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH.