8+ Feet Of Snow Forecasted For California

A powerful storm is coming into California on Thursday, and lasting til Sunday, forecast to end February on a high note and start March off with a bang.

This is considered an "all out blizzard" with road closures, especially on Friday and Saturday. AccuWeather released a forecast detailing where the snow will hit hardest.

According to AccuWeather, this storm will have less moisture, but more cold air, meaning the snow will come in lower and lighter than other storms we have seen so far.

Friday and Saturday will have "life threatening" travel conditions, so plan accordingly if you live far off-mountain.

Although there has been a break this last week from the snow, this next storm could be the biggest storm of the entire season for the Sierras, with 4-8 feet of snow coming down above 6,000 feet.

Watching the storm tracking, it appears the storm will hit Northern California first, coming through Alaska from the Bering Sea.

According to the National Weather Service, Lake Tahoe will see a chance of snow starting as early as Thursday, with heavy snow coming in Thursday night and continuing until Sunday. A blizzard warning is in effect for the area until March 3rd.

Tahoe Daily Snow reports that strong winds and heavy snow are on the way from Thursday through Saturday.

The winds and intensity should back off some on Saturday, and some models keep snow showers going through Sunday while others clear the storm.

Additionally, the snow "moves in NW of the lake Thursday morning, and could be slow to push heavier snow south until Thu night. Then heavy snow thru Fri night. Steady snow showers are possible thru Sat. 2.5-5 feet possible near lake level by Sun morning, & 4-8 feet for the mountains."

Due to the high winds and low visibility, Tahoe Daily Snow expects lift closures on Thursday and Friday, with delayed openings on Saturday as things settle down.

The snow forecast for Palisades Tahoe's upper mountain (from OpenSnow) predicts 3-7 inches to fall during the day on Thursday, with 10-16 inches overnight, followed by 10-14 inches on Friday, with 14-20 inches overnight, and then 8-12 inches on Saturday, with 3-5 inches overnight, with more storms possible in the long range.

For Mammoth Lakes, the National Weather Service also predicts snowfall beginning Thursday night and continuing until Sunday night.

Mammoth Mountain forecasts blizzard conditions beginning Thursday, and continuing Friday. Officials at Mammoth write that "the forecast is calling for another large storm system to make its arrival Thursday night. Get ready for March to pick up right where February left off."

Get your shovels ready, for digging your car out and to put in your backpack along with your beacon and probe. As always, respect terrain closures and let Ski Patrol perform safety tests before skiing and riding inbounds.

If you are venturing into the backcountry, exercise extreme caution, check the snow forecast and avalanche danger daily, bring the proper equipment, and do not travel on or across steep terrain.

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