... WINTER STORM WARNING IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM FRIDAY TO 11 AM PDT SATURDAY...
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE IN RENO HAS ISSUED A WINTER STORM WARNING FOR HEAVY SNOW... WHICH IS IN EFFECT FROM 5 PM FRIDAY TO 11 AM PDT SATURDAY. THE WINTER STORM WATCH IS NO LONGER IN EFFECT.
* TIMING: AN EARLY SEASON WINTER STORM WILL PRODUCE MODERATE TO HEAVY SNOW FRIDAY NIGHT AND EARLY SATURDAY MORNING. SNOW MAY NOT STICK TO ROADS BELOW 7000 FEET UNTIL AFTER MIDNIGHT SATURDAY.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 8 TO 14 INCHES ABOVE 7000 FEET. UP TO 6 INCHES BELOW 7000 FEET... WITH 5 TO 10 INCHES ALONG AND WEST OF HIGHWAY 89.
* WINDS: SOUTHWEST 10 TO 20 MPH WITH GUSTS UP TO 30 MPH. GUSTS OF 40 TO 60 MPH ARE POSSIBLE OVER RIDGES.
* SNOW LEVELS: 7500 TO 8500 FEET ON FRIDAY... LOWERING TO 6500 TO 7000 FEET FRIDAY EVENING... THEN FALLING TO 5000 TO 5500 FEET SATURDAY MORNING.
WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY REMAINS IN EFFECT FROM 8 PM THIS EVENING TO 8 PM EDT SATURDAY...
* LOCATIONS... BUNCOMBE... GRAHAM AND NORTHERN JACKSON COUNTIES.
* HAZARDS... ACCUMULATING SNOWFALL.
* TIMING... RAIN SHOWERS FRIDAY EVENING WILL CHANGE OVER TO SNOW OVERNIGHT AS SNOW LEVELS DROP TO THE VALLEY FLOORS BY DAYBREAK SATURDAY. SCATTERED SNOW SHOWERS WILL LIKELY LINGER THROUGH THE DAY ON SATURDAY... BEFORE ENDING SATURDAY EVENING.
* ACCUMULATIONS... SNOW ACCUMULATION OF 1 TO 3 INCHES... WITH PERHAPS UP TO 5 INCHES ON SOME RIDGETOPS ABOVE 5000 FEET.
WINTER STORM WATCH NOW IN EFFECT FROM SATURDAY EVENING THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON ABOVE 4500 FEET...
* IMPACTS/TIMING: ACCUMULATING SNOW WILL RESULT IN DIFFICULT TRAVEL OVER MOUNTAIN PASSES. HIGH ELEVATION VALLEYS IN SOUTHWEST MONTANA MAY ALSO RECEIVE ACCUMULATING SNOW IMPACTING TRAVEL. HUNTERS AND THOSE IN THE BACKCOUNTRY WILL EXPERIENCE RAW WINTER CONDITIONS. TIMING FOR THE MOST SIGNIFICANT SNOWFALL ACCUMULATIONS IS LATE SATURDAY THROUGH SUNDAY AFTERNOON.
* SNOW ACCUMULATIONS: 4-8 INCHES ABOVE 4500 FEET... LOCALLY MORE IN THE HIGHER TERRAIN.
Lake Effect snow possible for Northern IN, Snow possible in the mtns of NV.
NM, Roads in the NE corner of the state have areas of ice and snow.
WI I 39, snow covered as well as many local roads north of Madison, central and eastern areas of the state.
The Midwest - Cold air invades the region, showers spread into the lower Great Lakes and lower OH Valley while rain gradually mix's with and changes to snow showers in northern MI and northern WI. Showers as well today through the OH Valley and KY while wet snow mixes with rain in southern MI with 1-4 inches accumulations possible. Areas of Northern IN could see an inch or two accumulations as well (I 80/94, I 90, US 30) The Chicago region could get some lake affect snow later today with a possible inch or two accumulation. Tonight rain mixes with snow in the OH Valley and eastern KY. Very gusty winds in northern IL and IN possible with gusts to 50 mph possible.
The Northeast - Still dry but showers move in for western NY, western PA and WV. Saturday brings showers to the region as well. Some wet snow possible in WV tonight and Saturday with all snow in the higher elevations. Wet snow mixes with rain in northwest PA, southwest NY and the Adirondack mtns Saturday and Saturday night. New England gets a storm late Saturday with rain, wind and snow for New England into Sunday. Gusty winds expected with this new system as well.
The South - Cold air moves in to the region with snow possible for the Great Smoky mtns and Appalachians tonight and Saturday with a foot of snow possible above 5000 feet. Heavy snow possible in the southern Appalachians.
The West - A new system quickly spreads down the West Coast with rain and high mtn snow possible from WA to central CA. Rain tonight from Los Angeles to San Diego. Snow, some heavy for the Sierras above 8000 feet. Over the weekend look for this system to move east into the Intermountain West with rain and snow showers. By Sunday snow spreads through out much of western MT, even the valleys will see some snow with this system.