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Next Big Storm for the West Yields Snow for California

12 Nov 2017, 1:14 pm

The rainy season is in full swing across the Pacific Northwest along with parts of Northern California as several storms have brought much needed rainfall so far this season.

The wet season for the West coast usually lasts from November to March so we still have several months to go but so far, we are off to a decent start, especially for Oregon, Washington and Idaho. California, on the other hand, is a bit of a different story.

Granted we are only just beginning, California could use some more rain and snow and thankfully our next storm might bring just that with this storm bringing the first heavy dose of mountain snow so far this season.

Storm #1 is currently impacting the Pac Northwest with a good fetch of moisture digging a little farther south by Monday which will yield another quarter to a half inch of rain for parts of Northern California

Storm #2 will be the kicker for possible Sierra Snow. This next wave of moisture will move onshore Tuesday night for Washington and Oregon.

As this trough digs a little farther south on Wednesday we’ll expect to see stronger onshore flow as far south as San Francisco and with freezing levels dropping rapidly behind the front to yield quick changeover from rain to snow which should begin by the afternoon on Wednesday for elevations 5,000 feet and above for the Northern Sierra Nevadas.

How much snow are we talking?

We aren’t expecting a record breaking snow storm by any means but first good dose of fresh powder so far this season for the Sierras? Yes. Elevations above 7,000 feet could see up to a foot or more while parts of Truckee and Lake Tahoe areas can count on at least six to eight inches with a bulk of the snow to fall from Wednesday evening to Thursday afternoon.

We are following the developments with this storm as it matures in the Pacific. Join us on Direct and Dish for more talk on timing and impacts.

Meteorologist Merry Matthews

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