Here it comes!!
FROM THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE:
The next storm arrives Sunday evening through Monday, bringing more
snow and some breezy winds. A significant storm will impact the
region Wednesday and Thursday, with the potential for heavy snow
accumulation in the Sierra and even into western Nevada. Heavy
mountain snow may continue into the weekend.
After a chilly morning, another round of snow begins this evening
(Sunday) bringing light to moderate snow accumulation across much of the
region and potential headaches for Monday morning`s commute.
Expect delays and slick driving conditions from the Sierra across
western and central Nevada. Changes from the previous forecast
were to lingering snow south of Highway 50 where northerly
flow will have an upslope component along terrain; especially
in southern Mono County which could see snow and snow showers
continuing into Monday evening now.
Snow amounts remain unchanged for the region: 1 to 4 inches across
western Nevada, 3 to 6 inches for Sierra valleys and the Tahoe
Basin, and 6 to 12 inches for higher elevations in the Sierra.
While winds will generally be much lighter than with average
storms for the region, cold air advection along and behind the
cold front will promote wind gusts around 30 mph. This could blow
around some snow causing lower visibility at times, especially
east of the Virginia Range mid and late Monday morning.
LONG TERM. Wednesday and into next weekend...
...Major Winter Storm Expected Late Tuesday-Friday Morning...
After a sluggish start to our snow totals, winter seems
to want to happen all at once as a very active pattern is
expected to take hold into the start of February. The big storm in
all of this is targeting its peak strength in the late Tuesday into
late Thursday timeframe, with a solid 36-48 hour period of heavy snow
across the Sierra. Multiple feet of snow are expected in this
duration as an atmospheric river moisture source pushes into the
Sierra. While 3-4 feet of snow is what looking most favorable during
this stretch along the Sierra crest (1-3` lower Sierra basins),
there is potential on the high end to reach 5-6 feet along the crest.
Currently odds favor just south of the Tahoe Basin into Alpine and Mono counties.
A period of gusty southerly winds look to accompany this storm
mainly Tuesday night into Wednesday morning which will likely cause
whiteout conditions in areas of blowing snow. This will make travel
through the Sierra near impossible. If you need to travel across the
Sierra next week, Tuesday morning might be your only decent
opportunity to do so. After this storm tapers down on Friday,
additional reinforcing waves of moderate to heavy snowfall
are possible Saturday into the start of February.
Areas across western Nevada will also see potential for moderate to
heavy snowfall with this storm with intermittent periods of a
rain/snow mix during the afternoon hours on Wednesday and Thursday.
Foothill areas above 5000` should do well in terms of snowfall with
potential for 6-12". Lower valleys along US-395 could see around 6
inches broken up into periods of a couple inches at a time Wednesday
morning and then with a change over back to snow Wednesday night
into Thursday morning. As the main atmospheric river begins to pivot
back northward, western Nevada will become more shadowed out through
the day on Thursday. The main axis of the low shifts inland and will
begin to taper down snowfall through the day on Friday, but as
mentioned before, additional reinforcing waves look to to continue
through the weekend and into early the following week.
Bundle up...it'll be cold outside - possibly for the next two weeks.
SNOW PACK, SNOW PACK, SNOW PACK!!!! No drought around here!!