Blizzard Warning for the Sierra Nevada above 5,000 feet

What a crazy weather system.  The following is from, 2:55 p.m. Feb 3, 2019.


The National Weather Service has issued a Blizzard Warning for the Sierra Nevada above 5,000 feet from 10 PM this evening through 6 AM Monday.

The Winter Storm Warning for the Sierra Nevada above 3,000 feet continues to remain in effect until 4 PM Tuesday.

Also, the Winter Storm Warning issued for the Mother Lode remains effective from 4 AM Monday through 4 PM Tuesday.   (Editorial from BK–and I have a doc appt at 8 a.m. in Sonora.  Bad planning!)

Additional winter storms will bring periods of dangerous mountain travel from heavy snow and gusty wind through Tuesday. White out conditions are possible along with chain controls, long travel delays, and even road closures. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Travel into the mountains is strongly discouraged through early next week.

A cold storm arrives Monday and Tuesday. Significant snow is also possible in the Mother Lode’s foothills from Monday into Tuesday.

The snow levels will remain around 5,000 feet today but are expected to lower to 3,000 to 4,500 feet tonight. The snow levels will then range from below 3,000 to 4,000 feet on Monday night and Tuesday.

Total snow accumulations of two inches to two feet is expected below 3,000 feet. One to four feet of total snow accumulation is expected from 4,000 to 5,000 feet.

Additional snow accumulations of four to eight feet is likely above 5,000 feet.

Wind gusts from fifty to seventy mph are expected over the higher peaks, exposed ridges and the crest of the Sierra.

Damage to trees and power lines is possible. Significant drifting snow is also likely.

Additionally, the Flood Warning for small streams in southwestern Tuolumne County continues until 6 PM tonight.

Flooding has been reported in eastern Stanislaus County and western Tuolumne County, including along J-59, Chinese Camp, La Grange and the surrounding area.

Radar estimated that three to five inches of rain fell yesterday between noon and 4 PM.

Runoff from the heavy rainfall continues to cause many streams to flood.

Remember: Turn around, don`t drown when encountering flooded roads. Most flood deaths occur in vehicles.

A Blizzard Warning means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring. Falling and blowing snow with strong winds and poor visibilities are likely. This will lead to whiteout conditions, making travel extremely dangerous. Do not travel. If you must travel, have a winter survival kit with you. If you get stranded, stay with your vehicle.

A Winter Storm Warning for snow means there will be snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Travel is not recommended while the warning is in effect. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.


From the National Weather Service (link in right sidebar):

Be diligent.  Be prepared.  Be safe.

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