West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Watches & Warnings

Winter Storm Watch
Issued: 1:05 PM PST Jan. 22, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Winter Storm Watch in effect from Wednesday afternoon through
Friday morning...

* what... heavy snow and strong wind combine to make mountain
travel very difficult to impossible, especially Wednesday night
into Thursday. Total snow accumulations around 1 foot, with
several feet possible over highest terrain.

* Where... West Slope northern Sierra Nevada including Interstate
80 and Highway 50.

* When... from Wednesday afternoon through Friday morning.

* Additional details... significant reductions in visibility are
possible. Wind gusts 40 to 60 mph possible over higher terrain.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant
snow and gusty wind impacting travel. Continue to monitor the
latest forecasts.




Special Statement
Issued: 12:20 PM PST Jan. 22, 2018 – National Weather Service

... Stronger Pacific storm midweek...

A stronger Pacific storm will bring periods of moderate to heavy
precipitation and gusty wind Wednesday with unsettled weather
continuing Thursday into Friday. Heaviest precipitation and
strongest wind expected Wednesday into early Thursday. Snow levels
will initially be 4000 to 6000 feet Wednesday, but lower to 2000
to 3500 feet Thursday. Rainfall amounts of around a third to an
inch and a half forecast in the Central Valley, with 1 to 3
inches for the foothills and mountains. Several feet of snow
possible over the higher terrain with wind gusts at times of 40 to
60 mph. Decreasing showers Friday with drier weather forecast
over the weekend.


Impacts:
hazardous driving conditions possible in the mountains with
travel delays and chain controls likely. Lower elevations will see
slick roads. Gusty wind Wednesday could impact high profile
vehicles.