Another 5 feet of snow for the Sierra by Friday night

Impacts to travel will likely be severe with periods of near whiteout conditions, travel delays, chain controls, and possible road closures. Plan travel accordingly.

National Weather Service Sacramento CA
Mar 14 2018

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 (90 to 150 cm) at pass levels through late Friday. Snow levels will remain around 3000 to 4500 feet today through the remainder of the week.

West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada-


Heavy snow occurring above 4000 feet. Travel will be very difficult to impossible.

Be prepared for significant reductions in visibility at times.

Thanks to Kenneth Lund for this link

19 thoughts on “Another 5 feet of snow for the Sierra by Friday night

  1. Not to mention a repeat next week, Tuesday. Not sure what more they want, honestly, they are in their no amount of precipitation would ever be enough routine, no dent in the drought, etc. Last year they got storms every two weeks, this is storms every few days, they can catch up fast that way.

  2. They are getting an inch of rain a day, they don’t want more than that because it causes slides, still, they say it doesn’t compare to the 1980 Miracle on Ice, or some miracle, which apparently was the perfect amount of precipitation, in other words, they just like to complain about anything pertaining to precipitation.

  3. ITÁLIA (meteogiornale)
    WEATHER 22-28 March: Easter, possible COLD.
    Winter at the beginning of Spring

    Weather conditions that, after a brief respite, are again changing. The trend at the beginning of March sees very substantial Atlantic perturbations, ascribable to mastodontici Vortici Depressionari close to Western Europe. In this way the perturbated impulses will continue to have a leveled road towards the Mediterranean and therefore Italy. In short, other precipitations also abundant in sight.
    However, the change will not only bring us more waves of bad weather, the effects of the atmospheric disturbance recorded in February are far from finished and the entry of a core of cold air close to the Alps will remind us that the cold can also appear during the spring season.

    -Another cold wave being projected for much of Europe in the next few days, map with temperature at 1500 m to dawn / early next Sunday morning. It could be very strong in Portugal next week. Source (Climaterra)

  4. Look up the aquifer under the Coachella Valley (Palm Springs area) .

    There is so much water that the USGS (I think that’s who did it) stopped calculating in the trillions. I did the math from an LA Times article talking about it and you could water the golf courses for 300+ years if it was never replenished, ever.

    But, because of Gov. Moonbeam everyone in the area had to stop water their lawns. Last time I flew in to PSP a few years ago the area looked horrible without the lush green grasses to counter the desertscape.

    • The question is … has that aquifer been contaminated by that stuff they required to be put in gasoline years ago (can’t remember the name offhand… starts with an M) that was supposed to improve air quality- but turned out to be highly toxic to the water suppy?

      I know the town I used to live in (Alpine CA – not all that far from Palm Springs area, maybe a few hours drive) had a good aquifer that used to keep the entire town in good water and is no longer able to be used because of that contamination. The bad stuff used throughout the state… altho they were supposed to phase it out sometime in the mid-2000s.

      • Methyl tertiary butyl ether is the name of the additive CA *insisted* had to be added to fuel, not condems it. And in 1991 apparently EPA thought it was a grand idea to require it.

    • The aquifer under Palm Springs has high amounts of dissolved salts in it which is no better than trying to drink and/or water your plants using seawater. Desalination would still be required for its use.

      • The Colorado River has high amounts of salt passing along Southwest Arizona and California. It takes particular techniques in watering lawns and crops to use it. Reverse Osmosis units are readily available and cheap to use. Our small house unit in Yuma can produce 50 gallons a day and fits easily under the sink. Drinking the Yuma water for a lifetime probably causes all kinds of problems over a lifetime. It is not an approved water supply. It grows great vegetables, however.

  5. There are three “they” in California. The first “they” is the environmentalists who want free flowing rivers like they were when the Spanish discovered California. The second “they” is the cities which have grown to have gigantic needs for water. The third “they” is agriculture which, in my central California area, saw our Kings River as the Nile which supplies water to orchards and vegetable crops. I am sure of this, that ground water level in this area cannot be restored by a few good years of snow packs and rain. If you look at the geology and geography of California, it was never meant for what we demand of it.

  6. Sierra was already at 2-3 feet as of this morning, it has continued all day, and into Saturday, should be 5 feet easy somewhere when all is said and done.

  7. “Primary water” is newly produced by chemical processes within the earth & has never been part of the surface hydrological cycle. Created when conditions are right to allow oxygen to combine with hydrogen, this water is continually being pushed up under great pressure from deep within the earth and finds its way toward the surface where there are fissures or faults. Japanese researchers reported in Science in March 2002 that the earth’s lower mantle may store about five times more water than its surface oceans.

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