Sierra snow impacts mountain travel

Weather Forecasts

This late-season storm brings enough snow to warrant a Winter Storm Warning for mountain areas until Monday morning.

In the pink, A Winter Storm Warning remains in effect for the Sierra Nevada north of Tulare County above 6,000 feet until 11 AM Monday. The majority of this snow will fall today. If you plan to travel, consider alternate strategies. If you must travel, remember to carry tire chains, plenty of food, a good deal of water, warm clothing, and a flashlight in your vehicle.

6 to 12″ snow will fall above 6,000 feet with some very high elevations getting up to 18 inches.

3 to 6″ snow will fall above 5,000 feet.

To the south in purple is a Winter Weather Advisory. A Winter Weather Advisory remains in effect for the Tulare County mountains above 6,000 feet until 11 AM Monday morning. A Winter Weather Advisory for snow means that periods of snow may cause travel difficulties. Motorists should be prepared for slick road conditions and potential travel delays.

Here, expect 3 to 6″ snow above 6,000 feet and 2 to 3″ snow above 5,000 feet.

A band of showers crosses Chowchilla at 3:00 PM Sunday.

A late-season storm system is pushing our way. This may be our last before a hot summer.  Temperatures look to really jump up after this passes next week.
This storm system will bring periods of rain to the Valley Sunday and Monday, with snow in the Sierra beginning first very early  Sunday morning.

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Snow will start in the early morning hours spreading over mountain areas from the north to south.  Snow levels will drop as low as 5,000 feet. A winter storm warning for areas of the north-central Sierra Nevada (Yosemite down to Hume Lake)  goes into effect at 2AM Sunday, lasting until 11AM Monday. Snow will mainly total 6″ to 1 foot with a few very high elevations getting up to 1.5 feet. Expect 3 to 6 inches snow in elevations between 5,000 and 6,000 feet. Shaver Lake will get about 2 to 3″ of snow.  Lodgepole in Sequoia National Park will get about 4 to 6″ of snow.
As usual, plan on travel delays because of snow-covered roads and low visibility.  Mountain travelers will likely need chains.
A winter weather advisory for areas of the south-central Sierra Nevada (Hume Lake down to Kern County) goes into effect at 5AM Sunday, lasting until 11AM Monday. Here snow will total 3 to 6″ above 6,000 feet and up to 3″ between 5,000 and 6,000 feet.  It will also be quite windy to the south.

Rain will not be constant in the valley but there will be some decent amounts with the most in the Sierra Foothills and the least on the Valley’s southwest side. Rain may fall on the Valley’s east side while Fresno remains dry for long periods of time Sunday. Fresno will get between 0.10″ and 0.25″ rain between Sunday and Monday.  Probably closer to the lower amount given a tendency for these showers to skip over parts of the Valley.

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