Update: Late Season Winter Storm Watch Issued For The Sierra Nevada
A late season Pacific storm will bring periods of moderate to heavy snow and strong winds to the higher elevations of the Sierra Nevada from Sunday afternoon into early next week.
The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the Sierra Nevada above 6,500 feet from Sunday afternoon through Tuesday afternoon.
The snow levels are expected to lower to 6,000 feet late Sunday night into early Monday morning.
Total snow accumulations will range from half-a-foot to fifteen inches above the 7,000 foot elevation.
The winds could gust as high as forty-five mph along the crest of the Sierra.
Very difficult to nearly impossible travel conditions are expected over the mountain passes. Strong winds and falling snow will cause significant reductions in visibility at times. Motorists are urged to avoid travel above 6,500 feet during this time.
A Winter Storm Watch means there is potential for significant snow or ice accumulations that may impact travel. Prepare for road closures due to snow cover. If you must travel, remember to carry tire chains, plenty of food, a good deal of water, and warm clothing in your vehicle.