Winter storm watch issued for western states

Posted By: The Ski Channel on February 23, 2011 3:06 pm

It looks like Lake Tahoe resorts and Mammoth Mountain all the way over to the Utah ski areas and the Wasatch mountains are in for more storm activity.  So get ready to do some more skiing or snowboarding in some light powder once again.  Plan your ski trip but travel safetly because it looks like this storm is going to be very cold.  Get out your neck gators and wear some extra layers because 2 TO 4 FEET ABOVE 7000 FEET.you’re going to need it.  Put some zinc on your nose and cheeks too, frostbite sucks!

National Weather Service Winter Storm Watch for California:

VERY COLD WINTER STORM LATE THURSDAY INTO FRIDAY…
A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM FROM CANADA WILL MOVE SOUTH WITH SNOW
MOVING INTO THE NORTHERN SIERRA AND NORTHWEST NEVADA BY LATE
THURSDAY AFTERNOON. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL OCCUR AS A COLD FRONT
MOVES THROUGH THE REGION LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY.
VERY COLD AIR WITH THIS STORM WILL PRODUCE A POWDERY SNOW…WITH
CONSIDERABLE BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW AND WHITEOUT CONDITIONS
POSSIBLE DUE TO GUSTY WINDS. THOSE PLANNING TRAVEL IN THE SIERRA
THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY SHOULD PREPARE FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING
CONDITIONS.

TIMING: HEAVY SNOW WILL MOVE INTO THE LAKE TAHOE BASIN THURSDAY
EVENING AND CONTINUE INTO FRIDAY NIGHT. HEAVIEST SNOWFALL WILL
OCCUR ALONG A COLD FRONT LATE THURSDAY NIGHT AND FRIDAY MORNING.
* POSSIBLE SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 1 TO 2 FEET AT LAKE LEVEL…WITH

* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 15 TO 25 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 50 MPH. RIDGE
GUSTS UP TO 100 MPH.
* IMPACTS: HEAVY SNOW AND GUSTY WINDS MAY CREATE CONSIDERABLE
BLOWING AND DRIFTING SNOW WITH WHITEOUT CONDITIONS. TRAVELERS
SHOULD PREPARE FOR DANGEROUS DRIVING CONDITIONS AND TRAVEL
DELAYS DUE TO CHAIN REQUIREMENTS AND TEMPORARY ROAD CLOSURES.

and for Utah….

MORE SNOW FOR THE MOUNTAINS AND MOUNTAIN VALLEYS…
.A SLOW MOVING PACIFIC STORM WILL BRING AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF SNOW
TO THE NORTHERN MOUNTAINS AND MOUNTAIN VALLEYS. SNOW WILL BEGIN
THURSDAY THEN CONTINUE THROUGH SATURDAY BEFORE FINALLY TAPERING
OFF AS THE SYSTEM MOVES EAST. THE HEAVIEST SNOW WILL LIKELY FALL
ON FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY.

THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN SALT LAKE CITY HAS ISSUED A
WINTER STORM WATCH…WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM THURSDAY MORNING
THROUGH LATE SATURDAY NIGHT.
* AFFECTED AREA: THE WASATCH AND WESTERN UINTA MOUNTAINS AND THE
WASATCH MOUNTAIN VALLEYS.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: STORM TOTAL ACCUMULATION IN THE MOUNTAINS
WILL LIKELY RANGE FROM 1 TO 2 FEET WITH LOCAL AMOUNTS AROUND 3
FEET POSSIBLE. THE MOUNTAIN VALLEYS COULD RECEIVE FROM 10 TO 18
INCHES WITH LOCALLY GREATER AMOUNTS ALSO POSSIBLE.
* TIMING: SNOW WILL BEGIN THURSDAY WITH THE HEAVIEST SNOW LIKELY
ON FRIDAY INTO SATURDAY. THE SNOW WILL TAPER OFF LATE SATURDAY
OR SATURDAY NIGHT.

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