SIERRA NEVADA – The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued an urgent winter weather message for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon and Tulare County Mountains. Travel in the higher elevations is said to be dangerous at this time.
The winter storm warning remains in effect until 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 3. Locations include Tuolumne Meadows, Tioga Pass, Devils Postpile, Florence Lake, and Lake Thomas Edison. Snow amounts expected to accumulate 1 to 2 feet with the snow level around 8,500 feet and lowering to about 7,500 feet later tonight. The heaviest snow is likely tonight. Winds are south to southwest at 25 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph according to Hanford.
Runoff from heavy rain showers or thunderstorms may cause flash flooding in the burn scars near Yosemite National Park, say experts.
Authorities caution that the snow will create slick and icy conditions along roads in the high country. Rapid visilibility reductions during periods of heavy snow may cause white out conditions. Expect chain requirements and possible road closures.
A winter storm warning for heavy snow means severe winter weather conditions are expected or occurring, with significant amounts of snow forecast that will make travel dangerous. The weather service suggests travel only in emergency and recommends an extra flashlight if travel is necessary, along with water in case of emergency.