MOUNTAIN AREA – The National Weather Service in Hanford, California has confirmed a Winter Weather Advisory is in effect for the Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon, including Shaver Lake and Yosemite Valley, from 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 24 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25. Weather is expected to clear up by Thursday.
Potential hazards include accumulating snow along with gusty winds and cold temperatures, with snow accumulations projected to reach 5 to 11 inches. The greatest amount is expected for Yosemite National Park, where the snow should start by mid-afternoon, spreading south to Kings Canyon.
Hanford says traffic hazards are anticipated and the gusty winds combined with cold temps will create low wind chill values. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. They say the winds will be southwest 20 to 30 miles per hour with gusts up to 55 miles per hour over ridges and higher terrain.
Low temperatures are expected to go down to 30 – 35 degrees Fahrenheit at about 4,000 feet elevation, and drop as low as 20 – 25 degrees above 8,000 feet. Hanford is reporting with high confidence. Temps in Oakhurst call for potential snow on Wednesday, clearing overnight with skies looking sunny for Thanksgiving on Thursday.