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avatar Special weather statement
February 16, 2013 03:55PM
Special weather statement
National weather service san joaquin valley - hanford ca
101 pm pst sat feb 16 2013

West central san joaquin valley-east central san joaquin valley-
Southwestern san joaquin valley-southeastern san joaquin valley-
Mariposa madera and fresno county foothills-
Tulare county foothills-kern county mountains-
Sierra nevada from yosemite to kings canyon-
Tulare county mountains-indian wells valley-
Southeastern kern county desert-
101 pm pst sat feb 16 2013

...Cold pacific storm system expected to bring precipitation and
Much colder temperatures to the central california interior by

A pacific storm is expected to drop southeast from the gulf of
Alaska on monday to off the pacific northwest coast by monday
Night then push through central california on tuesday. This will
Result in precipitation spreading southward across our area on
Tuesday and bring much colder temperatures to the area with high
Temperatures on tuesday expected to be 10 to 20 degrees lower than
Monday/s highs.

This system will also bring rain and higher elevation snow to our
Area tuesday morning through tuesday evening with a quarter inch
To a half inch of rain likely in the valley and a half inch to an
Inch of liquid equivalent in the mountains. Snow levels will be
Low with this cold system...Generally between 3500 and 4000 feet
Over the southern sierra nevada and tehachapi mountains. As a
Result...Several inches of new snow are likely over the southern
Sierra nevada and a few inches of snow at pass level will be
Likely over the grapevine area...And around tehachapi which will
Adversely impact travel on interstate 5 and along state highway
58 on tuesday afternoon and evening. In addition...Brisk winds
Will be possible over the west side of the san joaquin valley and
Through and below mountains passes as well as across the kern
County deserts.

Wednesday will be a blustery and showery day with a continuation
Of cooler than normal temperatures across the area as a cold and
Unstable airmass prevails. The precipitation is expected to taper
Off on wednesday night. However...Unsettled weather is then
Expected to prevail across the area for the remainder of next
Week as a series of cold pacific systems drop southward through
The great basin.

avatar Winter storm watch
February 17, 2013 02:56PM
Winter storm watch
Urgent - winter weather message
National weather service hanford ca
1155 am pst sun feb 17 2013

Sierra nevada from yosemite to kings canyon-
Tulare county mountains-
1155 am pst sun feb 17 2013

...Winter storm watch in effect from tuesday morning through
Tuesday evening...

The national weather service in hanford has issued a winter storm
Watch for heavy snow and strong winds...Which is in effect from
Tuesday morning through tuesday evening for the higher elevations
Of the southern sierra nevada.

* snow accumulations: 6 to 12 inches.

* timing: light snow will begin early tuesday morning across
Yosemite national park and spread southward across the southern
Sierra nevada by midday. Moderate to locally heavy snowfall will
Be possible from late tuesday morning through tuesday evening.

* locations include: camp nelson...Giant forest...Johnsondale...
Lodgepole...Shaver lake...Huntington lake...Yosemite national

* winds: southwest 25 to 35 mph with gusts up to 65 mph along the
Ridge tops and below passes.

* impacts: snow may make roads impassable and will lower
Visibilities. Winds will create areas of blowing and
Drifting snow...And could make travel difficult.

* for a detailed view of the hazard area...Visit

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A winter storm watch means there is a potential for significant
Snow and strong winds that may impact travel. Continue to monitor
The latest forecasts.



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