As a three-day weekend approaches, the Nationwide Climate Service issued a winter storm warning via early Sunday for the Sierra Nevada, discouraging journey within the mountains with a number of ft of latest snow anticipated.
Friday morning at about 5:30 a.m., Caltrans introduced that Interstate 80 remained closed “because of whiteout circumstances on the Summit” and site visitors was being circled, eastbound at Colfax and westbound on the Nevada state line. The California Freeway Patrol first reported the I-80 closure Thursday at about 7:30 p.m.
Meteorologists with the climate service in Sacramento stated journey is “extremely discouraged,” and those that select to drive to the mountains ought to put together for chain controls and journey delays.
“By means of Sunday morning we may see anyplace from three to six ft of snow, with regionally heavier quantities,” stated Emily Heller, a meteorologist with the climate service in Sacramento. “There doesn’t actually appear to be any break in snowfall within the mountains,” via early Sunday morning.
As of Friday, the winter storm warning is in impact via Sunday at four a.m. Snow ranges are anticipated to stay round 2,500 to three,000 ft, Heller stated.
Heller added: “The subsequent finest journey day is likely to be Sunday.”
UPDATE: I-80 HARD CLOSURE because of whiteout circumstances on the Summit. Visitors is being turned: EB at Colfax, WB at Nevada state line, SR 20 EB at Nevada Metropolis. pic.twitter.com/J57BKtjsFC
— Caltrans District three (@CaltransDist3) February 15, 2019
A parade of storms have blanketed the Sierra Nevada with a number of ft of snow since Jan. 1. Thursday, the Sierra Nevada snowpack — the supply of one-third of California’s water provide — measured at 135 % of its historic common for this time of 12 months.
And the snowpack additionally now stands at 102 % of its historic common for April 1, thought-about the tip of the snow/winter season by the state’s water managers.
On Jan. 1, the snowpack stood at 69 % of common for that point of 12 months, and 25 % of the April 1 common.
Workers author Paul Rogers contributed to this report.