NOAA: Winter Storm Watch Issued For California | 6-12+” of Snow Saturday – Sunday Night

BLUE= Winter Storm Watch. Image: NOAA

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for California.

It’s in effect from 2:00pm Saturday afternoon – 5:00am Monday morning.

Heavy snowfall is expected to impact the area throughout that time.

California:

  • 6-12+” of Snow Saturday – Sunday Night

“A storm system will bring significant late season snowfall to the mountains Saturday afternoon into early Monday. A winter Storm Watch is now in effect for locations above 6000 feet. Mountain travel is highly discouraged during this time.”

– NOAA Sacramento, CA

7 day snowfall totals are looking good. Image: Tropical Tidbits
7 day precipitation totals. Image: NOAA

The Winter Storm Watch is in effect for areas above 6,000ft.

The 6-10 day outlook calls for above average precipitation and below average temperatures in California.

Additional Storm Info:

Winter Storm Watch. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA

California: 6-12+” of Snow Saturday – Sunday Night

* Heavy snow possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches at pass levels on Interstate 80 and Highway 50, and 3 to 6 inches at lower elevations. Localized amounts up to 20 inches, are possible over higher peaks. - NOAA Sacramento, CA
Weekend snowfall totals. Image: NOAA Sacramento, CA
Precipitation totals in the past 24 hours. Image: NOAA Reno, NV

Winter Storm Watch:

URGENT - WINTER WEATHER MESSAGE National Weather Service Sacramento CA 346 PM PDT Fri May 17 2019 ...More late season mountain snow this weekend... .The next in a series of winter like weather systems will move through northern California over the weekend. The resulting mountain snow will bring travel impacts to the Sierra Cascade range. Expect travel impacts to the northern Sierra and Mt. Lassen area to begin Saturday afternoon and continue through early Monday. Weekend mountain travel will likely be hampered by travel delays and chain controls as snow levels will again drop below pass levels. If traveling through the Sierra Cascade range this weekend, be prepared for winter like conditions. Carry tire chains and check the latest road and weather reports before departure. More mountain snowfall will be possible next week. Western Plumas County/Lassen Park- West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada- ...WINTER STORM WATCH REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH LATE SUNDAY NIGHT... * WHAT...Heavy snow possible. Plan on difficult travel conditions. Total snow accumulations of 6 to 12 inches at pass levels on Interstate 80 and Highway 50, and 3 to 6 inches at lower elevations. Localized amounts up to 20 inches, are possible over higher peaks. * WHERE...Western Plumas County/Lassen Park and West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada. * WHEN...From Saturday afternoon through late Sunday night. * ADDITIONAL DETAILS...Significant reductions in visibility are possible.
6-10 day temperature outlook. Image: NOAA