Winter Weather Returns For CA | Winter Storm Warnings Issued | 1-2+ FEET of Snow Through Friday Night

Chris Wallner | | WeatherWeather
PINK= Winter Storm Warning. PURPLE= Winter Weather Advisory GREEN= Flood Watch. Image: NOAA.

Warm weather has persisted these past few days, forcing the precipitation in California to fall in the form of rain, even at high elevations. Thankfully, there is a break between storms mid-day Thursday, and then another storm arrive Thursday afternoon.

1-2+ FEET of snow possible through Saturday morning. Snow levels will drop throughout the course of the storm.

7 Day Snowfall Totals Look Good For The Eastern Sierra. Image: Tropical Tidbits
7 day precipitation totals for the US. Image: NOAA

Most of the precipitation this time around should fall in the form of snow at higher elevations in the mountains. It looks like ski areas should rejoice from this storm that is expected to last until early Saturday Morning.

More Storm Information:

Mountain Snow through Friday Night. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA
Snow totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA

California: 1-2+ FEET of Snow Thursday Afternoon – Friday Night

* Snow Accumulations: 1 to 2 feet above 8000 feet with up to 3
  feet along the crest.
- NOAA Reno, NV
Storm timeline. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Precipitation totals through Friday night. Image: NOAA Hanford, CA
BIG snow totals possible. Image: NOAA Reno, NV
High winds today. Image: NOAA Reno, NV

California Winter Storm Warning:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
National Weather Service Reno NV
234 AM PST Thu Feb 9 2017

Greater Lake Tahoe Area-
Including the cities of South Lake Tahoe, Truckee, Stateline,
and Incline Village

...WINTER STORM WARNING REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING
TO 1 AM PST SATURDAY...

* Timing: High elevation snow will develop this morning and
  continue through this evening. A second wave of snowfall and
  lower snow levels is expected Friday afternoon and evening.

* Snow Levels: 8000 to 8500 feet this afternoon falling to near
  6000 feet by Friday afternoon.

* Snow Accumulations: 1 to 2 feet above 8000 feet with up to 3
  feet along the crest. 6 to 12 inches between 7000 to 8000
  feet. Rain will turn to snow Friday morning at lake level
  with 2 to 5 inches possible by Friday evening.

* Strong Winds Today: Strong and gusty winds 60 to 70 mph in the
  valleys by daybreak. Wind across the ridges may reach near 150
  mph. Winds will diminish tonight.

* Waves on Lake Tahoe Today: 3 to 7 feet with highest waves from
  mid-lake to north and east shores.

* Travel Impacts: High elevation passes such as Mt Rose and Carson
  Pass may see accumulating snow and chain controls by early this
  afternoon. Other lower Sierra passes such as Donner Summit,
  Spooner, Echo Summit will change over to snowfall tonight.

* Wind Impacts: Periods of white out conditions possible in
  areas of blowing snow. Trees weakened by recent heavy rain
  and snow are prone to falling in high winds. Power outages
  and property damage such as downed fences are also possible.
  Plan for hazardous travel conditions for high profile
  vehicles. Consider delaying or rerouting travel around wind
  prone areas. Strong turbulence and wind shear will impact
  aviation interests in the region possibly resulting in
  delays or cancellations.
6-10 day temperature outlook looks warm. Image: NOAA
6-10 day precipitation looks GOOD for California. Image: NOAA
Snow at Mammoth yesterday. Image: Mammoth Mountain Facebook Page

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