Heavy snow to continue through the week in the western U.S.

Posted By: The Ski Channel on March 30, 2010 1:49 pm

As always, bad news for travelers means awesome news for skiers and snowboarders. The Northwest region of the country and California can expect the snow they’re seeing to continue throughout the rest of the week. Tonight into Wednesday will see the heaviest snow in the Sierra Nevadas. Here’s the report from AccuWeather.com:

“Heavy snow will continue making a mess of travel across parts of the Northwest and California over the next couple of days as a storm system keeps pushing through the region. High winds will add to travel hazards.

On a positive note, however, the snow will be great for ski resorts and winter sports enthusiasts.

The heaviest snow will continue targeting the Sierra tonight into Wednesday with an additional 6 to 12 inches piling up. The added snow will bring storm totals up to 1 to 2 feet, with locally higher amounts.

Another 6 to 12 inches are expected in the Cascades from Tuesday afternoon into Wednesday.

Snow levels are already quite low, hovering around 1,500 to 2,000 feet in western Washington and Oregon and 2,500 to 3,500 feet in northern California. They will crash even further tonight.

People who must travel through the mountains, including along I-80 through the Sierra into Wednesday, are urged to use extreme caution. Not only will roads be snow covered and slippery, but winds gusting between 50 and 60 mph will whip the snow around and create whiteout conditions. Crosswinds could be a problem for high-profile vehicles.

Restrictions were already in place Tuesday for travel along I-80 through the Sierra with most vehicles required to have chains.

Heavy snow will also persist across the mountains of Idaho, Wyoming and the Wasatch Range in Utah through Wednesday. Storm snowfall totals are expected to reach 6 to 12 inches across these mountain ranges.

Wednesday night into Thursday, snow will even fall in the mountains of Southern California. Travel along Southern California’s Grapevine could be slow and slippery in spots for the Thursday morning commute.”