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Sierra Nevada resorts and national parks brace for season's first winter storm

November 18, 2009 |  2:22 pm

The first winter storm of the season is due to arrive Friday and that's welcome news for skiers, snowboarders and other winter sports enthusiasts traveling to such places as Lake Tahoe, Mammoth Lakes, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and Yosemite National Park for the Thanksgiving holiday period.

Here's a Wednesday afternoon alert issued by the National Weather Service

THE FIRST WINTER STORM OF THE SEASON WILL MOVE INTO THE CENTRAL
CALIFORNIA INTERIOR FRIDAY AFTERNOON...AND PERSIST OVERNIGHT. SNOW
LEVELS NEAR YOSEMITE WILL DROP TO AROUND 4,000 FEET FRIDAY NIGHT.
TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS IN EXCESS OF 4 INCHES ARE LIKELY ABOVE
5,000 FEET...WITH UP TO A FOOT POSSIBLE OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS.
 
...WINTER STORM WATCH IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH
SATURDAY AFTERNOON FOR THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA FROM YOSEMITE
TO KINGS CANYON... 

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN HANFORD HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM
WATCH...WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM FRIDAY AFTERNOON THROUGH SATURDAY
AFTERNOON FOR THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA FROM YOSEMITE TO KINGS
CANYON.

SOUTH WINDS GUSTING TO 50 MPH WILL DEVELOP OVER THE SOUTHERN
SIERRA NEVADA AHEAD OF THE COLD FRONT. RAIN AND SNOW WILL BEGIN
LATE FRIDAY AFTERNOON...WITH THE HEAVIEST PRECIPITATION FRIDAY
EVENING. SNOW ACCUMULATIONS ABOVE 5000 FEET WILL BE 4 TO 7 INCHES
WITH UP TO A FOOT LOCALLY OVER THE HIGH COUNTRY OF YOSEMITE
NATIONAL PARK.

THE RAIN AND SNOW WILL CHANGE TO SHOWERS BEHIND THE COLD FRONT.
THE GUSTY WINDS WILL TURN NORTHWEST AND PRODUCE CONSIDERABLE
BLOWING AND DRIFTING OF SNOW...WITH LOCAL WHITE OUT CONDITIONS
POSSIBLE OVER THE HIGH COUNTRY NORTH OF KINGS CANYON.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS...
 
A WINTER STORM WATCH MEANS THERE IS A POTENTIAL FOR SIGNIFICANT
SNOW...SLEET...OR ICE ACCUMULATIONS THAT MAY IMPACT TRAVEL.
CONTINUE TO MONITOR THE LATEST FORECASTS.

-- Pete Thomas

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