The Sierra will get hammered all week long as a series of winter storms hit the high mountains one after the other this week.
By Monday, most higher elevations on the west side of the Sierra crest will have between 3-5 feet of new snow. Mammoth Mountain will likely see the highest quality snow out of this storm thanks to their high elevation and the forecasted high snow levels. Resorts like Kirkwood and Squaw/Alpine will also see huge storm totals.
NOAA Forecast [Carson Pass]:
Winter Storm Warning:
…Periods of Heavy Snow and Strong Wind through Friday night…
.Series of winter storms will bring periods of heavy snow and
strong wind to the mountains of Western Plumas county and the
Sierra Nevada today, and again Thursday afternoon into Saturday.
1 to 3 feet of snow is possible above 3000 feet with 3 to 5 feet
at pass levels through late Friday. Snow levels will remain around
3000 to 4500 feet today through the remainder of the week.
Impacts to travel will likely be severe with periods of near
whiteout conditions, travel delays, chain controls, and possible
road closures. Plan travel accordingly.
…WINTER STORM WARNING NOW IN EFFECT UNTIL 11 PM PDT THIS EVENING ABOVE 4000 FEET…WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE FRIDAY NIGHT ABOVE 3500 FEET…
* WHAT…Heavy snow occurring above 4000 feet. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Snow accumulations of 1 to 3 feet above 3000 feet with 3 to 5 feet at pass levels through late Friday. Snow levels will remain around 3000 to 4500 feet today through the remainder of the week.
* WHERE…West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada.
* WHEN…For the Winter Storm Warning, until 11 PM today. For the Winter Storm Watch, from Thursday afternoon through late Friday night.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times. Significant reductions in visibility are possible.