2, 4, even 6 feet of snow for California mountains

Winter storm warning

URGENT – WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE
NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HANFORD CA
600 AM PST THU DEC 15 2016
SIERRA NEVADA FROM YOSEMITE TO KINGS CANYON-
TULARE COUNTY MOUNTAINS- INCLUDING CITIES OF… DEVILS POSTPILE… FLORENCE LAKE… LAKE THOMAS EDISON… TUOLUMNE MEADOWS… BASS LAKE… FISH CAMP…WAWONA… CAMP NELSON… GIANT FOREST… LODGEPOLE…GRANT GROVE… JOHNSONDALE

* TIMING…SNOW WILL BEGIN THIS MORNING AND CONTINUE THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL OCCUR TONIGHT.

* SNOW AMOUNTS…2 TO 4 FEET (61.0 to 121.9 cm) ABOVE 8000 FEET (2438 m)… UP TO 6 FEET (182.9 cm) ALONG THE CREST.

* IMPACTS…MINIMAL TRAVEL IMPACTS IN THE HIGH SIERRA. TIOGA PASS IS CLOSED FOR THE SEASON AND MOST OF THE ROADS ARE CLOSED AS WELL.

PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…

A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW MEANS SEVERE WINTER WEATHER CONDITIONS ARE EXPECTED OR OCCURRING. SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF SNOW ARE FORECAST THAT WILL MAKE TRAVEL DANGEROUS.

 

http://forecast.weather.gov/wwamap/wwatxtget.php?cwa=hnx&wwa=winter%20storm%20warning

Also, plenty of flood and flash flood warnings for California as radar shows a large amount of moisture passing over the state.

Thanks to Terry Homeniuk for this info


18 thoughts on “2, 4, even 6 feet of snow for California mountains

    • As a trucker, I have run the Donner on occasion. Wait at the closest ramp to the chain check on the clear day following the storm. After they groom the road, the snow melt can freeze and they’ll require chains. While everyone else is at the truck stop, at between 11:00 am and 1:00 pm and the ice melts, and you’ll have a slot to romp over Donner, but get down before 3:00 or the water turns to ice again. My dispatchers back in the mid-west could not figure out how only 1 out of 7 trucks made it to SackO’ Tomatoes from Reno, with a “no chain policy.” The other 6 had to wait another day or so. (Martin)

    • They refused to listen to Senator Amos Gore of California who warned them about Climate Change in the Mountains. The Donner party didn’t purchase Carbon Tax Credits and thus died from “Climate Change”. I also think they were Republicans and Billy Bob Trump, their guide, only spoke Russian.

    • Late October early November. Even then they wouldn’t have had as much trouble if they had not persisted in ignoring the advice of people who knew the mountains and listening to con men instead. Even after they got to Truckee they could have turned and headed east to Truckee Meadows. The local Paiute and Washo tried to help them but were rebuffed – to put it mildly.

  1. I live at the base of the eastern slope of the Sierras. Our typical annual precipitation total is approximately 6″. We are already at 10″ with 1-4″ of precipitation expected tonight. Lake Tahoe had over 8billion gallons of rain last Saturday.

    • hopefully that means that there is one full lake. Also I hope it means the water is “getting into the ground” and not just running away.

    • One big surprise I had years ago…

      I was living in Salt Lake City, UT and my cousin from Anaheim, CA came out to visit for Christmas.

      On Christmas Day he got this funny urge to go visit San Francisco and asked me, my son, and a friend to go with him on a crazy 2 day trip there. I used to live there (my son was born there), but my friend had never been and we left before my son was old enough to remember … so we all piled into his car and took off at the spur of the moment for an adventure.

      Going over the Sierras in CA we got surprised by a big blizzard and since we were required to use chains on our tires (which we didn’t have)… we had to buy some from some guy who was walking along the freeway selling them. Since he had them, must have known it is something that could happen there.

      Then there is Mammoth Lakes, big ski area.

  2. This was supposed to be a dry winter courtesy of the La Niña phenomenon, right? Last year was supposed to be wet due to El Niño. Apparently, Mother Nature doesn’t know what she wants to do, or more accurately, she’s going to do what she’s going to do.

    We’ve been hearing endlessly about the drought in California, about the extremely low water levels in the major reservoirs, and yet, the Twitter feed for the National Weather Service reports that Folsom Lake is going to be releasing major amounts through the dam in anticipation not only of flooding rains at lower levels, but all the runoff from snows at higher elevation come the spring and summer:
    https://twitter.com/NWSSacramento/status/809465629736636416

    NWS Reno is showing multiple feet expected of heavy, wet snow as well:
    https://twitter.com/NWSReno/status/809186222157414400

    The snow water equivalent of all the snow for this water year (beginning Oct. 1) has been very high, which is good as a base for replenishing the water tables. Things change on a very short time scale, and the winter is only beginning. It’s entirely possible a few more big atmospheric river events will occur this winter. And between the bitter cold and abnormal snow events around the world, perhaps it’s an indication that something unusual is afoot . . . . .

  3. Not the normal storm recently, raining simultaneously and steadily from San Francisco to Los Angeles by the looks of the radar, and it looks like San Francisco already got considerable rain. Wait for them to forget about this rain of this water year starting in October after the New Year, then they will say there has been no rain this year, 2017, conveniently forgetting about 2016.

  4. Did anyone notice, it isn’t winter yet. We are seeing in our area 90 miles south of the Canadian border 25 to 30 degrees below average.

    Our local news stations aren’t even reporting the amazing number of new records being set and old records being broken.

    Wait till the 18th. Some incredible weather is coming through Eastern WA, Idaho and Montana.

    Watch what happens in the great lakes areas and the north east.Texas Oklahoma Arkansas are going to be hit hard as well.

  5. Three feet of snow at Mammoth. Also, where they say it was only rain in the lower elevations, resorts got at least 7 inches after it changed over, they’ll be fine, nothing to sneeze at.

    http://www.abc10.com/weather/norcal-experienced-record-breaking-rainfall-and-river-levels/371850915

    Even Southern California, which they want to say is still in a drought, is average precip for this time of year.

    If they want to be honest, they would call the Drought Monitor the Reservoir Report, that’s all it is, I think at a certain point, the vegitation doesn’t care if it’s supposedly a drought and is recovered with all the rain.

  6. Also remember, basically anything that’s not Los Angeles is Northern California, Sacramento is Central California, though there’s no such thing in United Statesese.

  7. So when they say Northern California, while that could refer to the border region with Oregon and the Pacific Northwest rainforest, it probably refers to more than 2/3 of the state.

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