I-80 California Daily Snow

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Difficult Travel Wed Night thru Sun Night...

Summary

After a break Tue-Wed, a strong storm moves in later Wednesday night into Thursday night. Another storm moves in Saturday morning lasting into Sunday night. Quieter weather is possible next week.

Update

Tuesday - Wednesday:

Tuesday and Wednesday will be dry with no weather-related travel issues expected.

Wed Night - Thursday Storm:

The next storm moves into the Sierra around 1-3 AM Thursday and possibly lasts into Thursday night before clearing Friday. Snow levels look to start below pass level around 5000-5500 ft. and fall below 2000 ft. Thursday night. This storm could bring 1-2+ feet of snow to the northern Sierra.

Be prepared for chain controls and slow driving starting Thursday morning and lasting into Friday morning before conditions start to improve, briefly. Chain controls could start around Blue Canyon to Truckee, and then lower quite a bit Thursday night, maybe down below Colfax all the way to the NV state line. Gusty winds could create white-out conditions at times.

Friday:

Friday we should see clearing and the roads improving through the day, but likely starting the day with slow travel and chain controls until the roads start melting off.

Saturday - Sunday Storm:

Saturday we could see snow from the next storm move in by late morning and it may continue into Sunday night before clearing by Monday. Snow levels could start out back up between 5000-6000 ft. and then fall to around 4000-5000 ft. Sunday and below 3000 ft. by the end Sunday night. 

Be prepared for another round of winter driving, slow travel, and chain controls if you plan to travel through the Sierra from Saturday through Sunday night. The roads should start to clear off on Monday.

Long-Range:

The storm track may shift north the week of the 5th with a drier pattern for northern CA. That may shift back to a more active pattern starting around the 10th-12th.

BA

P.S. NWS Graphs and Caltrans live cams are below (we don't control them)...Snow Level Forecast

I-80 Road Cams:

Colfax, Exit 135 - 2,414'

Blue Canyon, Exit 154 - 5,022'

Cisco Grove, Exit 165 - 5,814'

Kingvale, Exit 171 - 6,095'

Castle Peak, Exit 176 - 7,165'

Donner Summit - 7,221'

Donner Lake, Exit 180 - 6,394'

Truckee, Exit 184 - 5,905'

Truckee, Exit 188 - 5,928'

Truckee Scales, Exit 191 - 5,826'

Floriston, Exit 199 - 5,291'

If you are traveling through the Sierra please use the links below for travel advisories as we do not give our opinions on the "safest" or "best" travel times for liability reasons. The storm timing, road conditions, & chain control areas are not guaranteed and are subject to change.

NWS Reno: https://www.weather.gov/rev/
NWS Sacramento: https://www.weather.gov/sto/
CA road conditions: http://www.dot.ca.gov/cgi-b... (and 1-800-427-7623)
NV road conditions: https://nvroads.com/
OSS weather share: http://oss.weathershare.org/#