Is anyone tracking the storm forecast for the central Sierra? This doesn't come under the "Jinx" category, the forecast is predicting FEET of rain in the foothills through early next week Snow elevations are critical, but currently, it looks like snow levels will start off near 7500 feet starting Friday, and eventually dropping from there. This storm goes at least through Tuesday. The potential at the resort elevations are incredible to say the least, assuming you can get there.
As we approach Christmas holidays we are looking well in excess of 10 feet of well consolidated snow, and hopefully some powder on top as the week moves on. We saw accumulations like this in 1997 and 2004, and we are talking about total burial of major features on the slopes. Lets hope for lower snow elevations. As I write this the Bureau of Reclamation is making huge reservoir releases to make room for runoff from this event.and the State is preparing for significant lowland flooding potential. Mountain travel will become difficult, and we have seen in the past, road and rail closures and even ski area shutdowns when snow and avy conditions build to unmanageable levels.
Thinking of booking a last minute holiday trip? Its looking pretty good in the West.