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.
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:
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
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.