California is finally getting some much needed snowfall. NOAA is forecasting 8-12″ of snow by tomorrow with another 24-36″ of snow by Sunday. All in the two systems could produce up to 4 feet of snow by Sunday.
…WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 4 AM TO 10 PM PST MONDAY…
* WHAT…Snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches, with localized amounts up to 16 inches.
NOAA’s Winter Weather Advisory
Snow levels are forecast to drop as low as 1,000′ for the Sunday/Monday storm and never be higher than 5,500′ with the Thursday- Saturday storm, which means the four letter word starting with R should not be an issue.
This should be the biggest storm cycle of the season thus far for California.
Special Weather Statement From NOAA:
An active weather pattern is expected for the upcoming week as two storm systems affect the Sierra and western Nevada.
The first storm will bring snow to far northeast California by late tonight, then spread south and east overnight into Monday. Winter Weather advisories are in effect for northeast California, northwest Nevada and the Lake Tahoe Area, where snowfall amounts are most likely to range from several inches up to 1 foot. For the remainder of western Nevada and into Mono County, overall snowfall amounts are not expected to be as significant, but there remains a possibility for portions of these areas to receive short periods of moderate to heavy snowfall, producing poor visibility and slick travel conditions. Now is the time to ensure your vehicle is ready for winter driving, and expect extra travel time or adjust plans for both the morning (Sierra and NE California) and afternoon (Western Nevada) commutes on Monday. Across lower elevations, roads could become icy and dangerous by Monday evening as temperatures drop below freezing.
For Thursday and Friday, a stronger Pacific storm will arrive with gusty winds, rain and snow. Heavy snowfall is expected in the Sierra Thursday into Saturday. Rain and snow are likely in Western Nevada on Thursday, changing to all snow late Thursday night or Friday morning. Details on snowfall will become clearer as we get closer to the event so be sure to check back each day for updated information on this winter storm.