Saturday, March 3, 2018

1 p.m. update

CHP has announced no chain control on I-80.

11 a.m. update

8:30 a.m. update

Impressive snow totals so far!

We experienced a record overnight snowfall of 27", and the avalanche danger today is rated as High to Extreme. All upper mountain lifts at Squaw will be closed today for Snow Safety, and lower mountain lifts may have a delayed opening. #squawlifts

Alpine Meadows experienced a record overnight snowfall of 29", and also has avalanche conditions of High to Extreme. Expect delayed lift and terrain openings this morning. #alpinelifts

From the Sierra Avalanche Center: "CONSIDERABLE danger exists at all elevations due to likely wind and storm slabs and possible deep slabs. Most avalanche accidents happen at CONSIDERABLE or MODERATE danger. Don't let "powder fever" corrupt good judgment. Make a plan before going into the backcountry that focuses on thorough and careful terrain and snowpack evaluation. Avoiding avalanche terrain and traveling on slopes less than 30 degrees without any exposure to steeper terrain above is recommended today. Avalanches could be large and destructive."

6:30 a.m. update

The Storm Prediction Center says, "Isolated thunderstorms will be possible primarily during the day." Organized severe thunderstorms are not expected.

5:30 a.m. update

Valley: Varying cloud cover with mostly sunny to mostly cloudy skies. There's a chance of showers and afternoon thunderstorms. Small hail, gusty winds, lightning and a brief heavy downpour may be possible. Highs will be in the low to mid 50s.

Foothills: Depending on what elevation you're at today, you could get a chance of rain, thunderstorms and snow showers during the afternoon. Snow level around 2300' during the day. Lower foothills temperatures will reach the 40s. Upper foothills spots will reach the 30s.

Sierra: More snow possible with the snow level around 2300' during the day. Plan on chain controls. Roads will still be icy, snowy and slick, therefore be prepared for spinouts, delays and closures.