An atmospheric river is primed and pointed directly at the mountains of the Sierra Nevada and by the end of the weekend, high elevations could see upwards of 100 inches of fresh snow. Yes, you read that right… 100 INCHES OF FRESH POWDER.

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The storm should begin delivering snowfall this evening and things won’t let up until late Thursday evening. Right now, the mountains on the South Shore of Lake Tahoe and further south are projected to see the largest snowfall totals so look for Kirkwood and Mammoth to be big winners when the storm begins to clear out on Sunday. Squaw Valley should pull down anywhere from 30-40 inches. In terms of snow levels, things will begin warm with only the high elevations of the Sierra seeing snow today and into this afternoon while the lower elevations see a rainy and wintry mix. That is all before temps drop along with the snow line to lake level this evening, where it should stay for the rest of the week. Translation: blower powder, no Sierra cement. 

Let It Snow!

Squaw Valley Forecast: 

Heavenly Forecast:

Mammoth Mountain Forecast: 

Winter Storm Warning [NOAA]


* CHANGES…Yesterday`s Winter Weather Advisory has expired and was removed from the headline above.

* WHAT…For the Winter Storm Warning, heavy snow expected. Total snow accumulations of 1 to 3 feet, except 3 to 6 feet above 7000 feet. Winds gusting up to 45 mph in lower elevations and in excess of 90 mph over ridges leading to whiteout conditions.

* WHERE…Greater Lake Tahoe Area.

* WHEN…From 7 PM this evening to 4 AM PST Friday.

* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Rough conditions can be expected on Lake Tahoe through much of the week. Gusts 30-45 mph with wave heights of 2 to 5 feet.

* IMPACTS…Travel could be very difficult to impossible tonight through Friday morning. Very strong winds could cause tree damage and power outages. If you risk travel over the Sierra passes, you cloud be stuck in your car for several hours.

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