Two to Four Feet of Snow Possible Thursday-Monday

Staff Writer

A series of winter storms starting Thursday and continuing into early next week could drop two to four feet of snow on the Sierra, according to the National Weather Service which this morning, Dec. 7, issued a "Special Weather Statement" warning the storms could have a significant impact to travel plans.

Here is the full text of the NWS Monday statement:

THE JET STREAM IS FORECAST TO DROP SOUTH INTO THE REGION THIS
WEEK AND BRING STRONG WINDS WEDNESDAY NIGHT FOLLOWED BY PERIODS OF
HEAVY SIERRA SNOW AND LOWER ELEVATION RAINFALL THURSDAY AND
THURSDAY NIGHT. ANOTHER COLDER STORM MAY IMPACT THE AREA SATURDAY
NIGHT INTO SUNDAY.

WIND: A 12 TO 18 HOUR PERIOD OF STRONG WINDS WILL BEGIN LATE
WEDNESDAY AND CONTINUE INTO EARLY THURSDAY MORNING. VALLEY WIND
GUSTS WILL REACH 40 TO 65 MPH WITH RIDGE WINDS OVER 100 MPH.
STRONGEST WINDS ARE EXPECTED OVERNIGHT INTO THE EARLY MORNING
HOURS THURSDAY IMMEDIATELY AHEAD OF THE MAIN PRECIPITATION.

PRECIPITATION: HEAVIEST DURING THE DAY ON THURSDAY WITH MODERATE
SNOW SHOWERS LINGERING IN THE SIERRA OVERNIGHT INTO FRIDAY
MORNING. SNOW LEVELS WILL START BETWEEN 7000-8000 FEET BUT DROP TO
5000-6000 FEET DURING THE DAY THURSDAY. SEVERAL FEET OF SNOW
ARE POSSIBLE ABOVE 7000 FEET WITH UP TO A FOOT DOWN TO 6000 FEET.
AN INCH OR TWO OF SNOW IS POSSIBLE LATE THURSDAY IN THE FOOTHILLS
OF WESTERN NEVADA DOWN TO 5500 FEET AS SHOWERS BEGIN TO DIMINISH.
FOR LOWER ELEVATIONS, RAINFALL AMOUNTS OF ONE HALF INCH TO LOCALLY
ONE INCH ARE POSSIBLE.

IMPACTS TO TRAVEL ARE LIKELY WEDNESDAY NIGHT THROUGH FRIDAY
MORNING AND POSSIBLE AGAIN BY SUNDAY. IF YOU MUST TRAVEL LATER
THIS WEEK INTO THE WEEKEND, ENSURE YOU ARE PREPARED FOR WINTER
DRIVING CONDITIONS AND LONG TRAVEL DELAYS ESPECIALLY OVER THE
SIERRA PASSES.

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