Thursday, January 3, 2008

Historic Snow For The Sierra Mountain Range

A HUGE storm system will slam the west coast over the next few days, bringing very heavy rain to lower elevations and paralyzing snow to the mountains of California.

I was checking out one model and it gave over 5 inches of rain to the San Francisco Bay area this weekend with up to 5 feet of snow in the mountains around Lake Tahoe.

That will combine with a 150 knot jet stream overhead, and that means wind gusts up to 100 mph in the mountains and up to 50 mph along the coast.

This storm system will impact the entire state of California, but northern Cali. will see some of the heaviest precipitation.

You can definitely expect to see this storm making weather headlines as we head into the weekend.

1 comment:

  1. I've been watching this system on the satellite maps. It looks like a good one.

    What caught my eye is "The Sierras." The mountain range in California is the Sierra Nevada, often translated as Range of Light. It is the longest continuous mountain range in North America, second longest in the world. Unlike the Rocky Mountains, it is one range not a collection of ranges. While it is fine to refer to the Rockies, or the Cascades, or the Appalachians, the Sierra Nevada are not referred to in the plural. Your title should be "Historic Snow for the Sierra." Chris, sorry for the digression, this is a pet peeve of mine.

    If the Bay Area gets 5+ inches of rain from this system, it will be a mess. From what I understand from California friends, the Sierra can certainly use more snow pack.