They are predicting TEN FEET of snow in California?! I can't even imagine that. Crazy weather!
(if it actually happens that is)
It's a Blizzard
4-JAN-2008 05:42am EST
Hold on to your hat in the western mountains. We are going to be in for a wild ride on Friday into Friday night and the fun continues on and off right through the weekend. Lets start with the next 24 hours and the slug of moisture that is heading into California. Some reports for this area are showing more than 6 inches of liquid. That's 6 inches of rain and/or 5 feet of snow
. That's right! 5 FEET! Some snow rates will be as high as 6 inches per hour with wind gusts of 50-60 mph. Now that is a blizzard. Like I said, hold on to your hat. There are so many ways of saying don't head to this region on a lark. And if you are already in place, be ready to "hunker" down for the next several days. Yes, I said several days. Because once this fun is done, there will be more snow on the way on Saturday and Sunday. Fortunately the energy associated with these next systems appears to be strung out a little bit and while snow amounts continue to be heavy (maybe another foot or two), it will be considerably less intense than the storm on Friday.
Now, all of this moisture has to go somewhere. A lot will be squeezed out by the Sierra Nevada, but heavier snow will also shift northeastward through the Nevada ranges and eventually reach the Idaho Rockies later on Friday into Friday night. Snow will be heavy enough to accumulate a foot by daybreak on Saturday and additional snow will fall on Saturday into Saturday night where another 6 or more inches will be possible. Heavier snow will also continue eastward on Saturday through the Nevada ranges, then into the Wasatch and continuing to the Colorado Rockies. All the higher ranges in these areas could have a foot of snow. The next push into the West (moving in on Sunday), will lead to snow over the Four Corners region. These areas, too, could have more than 6 inches of snow on Sunday into Sunday night.
This system will head into the Plains early next week and snow will probably break out in the Plains on Monday into Monday night with some moderate snow possible. This is forecast to move into the Great Lakes on Tuesday. Meanwhile, another system will be moving onshore in the West with another significant snowfall possible over the northern California ranges and Oregon as well.