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avatar Winter weather advisory
February 05, 2014 01:20PM
Winter weather advisory
Urgent - winter weather message
National weather service hanford ca
1230 pm pst wed feb 5 2014

Caz096-097-060500-
/o.New.Khnx.Ww.Y.0003.140206t1200z-140207t0600z/
Sierra nevada from yosemite to kings canyon-
Tulare county mountains-
1230 pm pst wed feb 5 2014

...Winter weather advisory in effect from 4 am to 10 pm pst
Thursday above 5000 feet...

The national weather service in hanford has issued a winter
Weather advisory above 5000 feet for significant snow and gusty
Winds...Which is in effect from 4 am to 10 pm pst thursday for
The higher elevations of the southern sierra nevada.

* snow accumulations: 4 to 7 inches above 5000 feet.

* timing: light snow will begin early thursday morning.

* locations include: camp nelson...Giant forest...Lodgepole...
Shaver lake...Huntington lake...Fish camp.

* winds: gusting as high as 65 mph from the southwest thursday
Afternoon and evening over the crest.

* impacts: snow will create slick roads and hazardous driving
Conditions. Visibility will be reduced to half a mile at times
In snow and gusty winds.

* for a detailed view of the hazard area...Visit
http://www.Wrh.Noaa.Gov/wrh/whv/?Wfo=hnx.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A winter weather advisory means that periods of snow will cause
Travel difficulties. Be prepared for slippery roads and limited
Visibilities...And use caution while driving.

&&

$$

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Re: Winter weather advisory
February 06, 2014 08:06AM
Lots of snow on valley floor and still coming down. I guess it was lower than the 5,000 foot predicted!
Re: Winter weather advisory
February 06, 2014 09:38AM
Thanks for the update. My son is praying that Badger will be opened for skiing on President's Day weekend.
Re: Winter weather advisory
February 06, 2014 09:43AM
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parklover
Thanks for the update. My son is praying that Badger will be opened for skiing on President's Day weekend.
Is this weekend considered President's Day weekend, or the following? My school district has the entire week off, plus the 17th.
Re: Winter weather advisory
February 06, 2014 10:07AM
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hotrod4x5
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parklover
Thanks for the update. My son is praying that Badger will be opened for skiing on President's Day weekend.
Is this weekend considered President's Day weekend, or the following? My school district has the entire week off, plus the 17th.

President's weekend is the 14,15,16 and President's day is the 17th.
Re: Winter weather advisory
February 06, 2014 10:15AM
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parklover
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hotrod4x5
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parklover
Thanks for the update. My son is praying that Badger will be opened for skiing on President's Day weekend.
Is this weekend considered President's Day weekend, or the following? My school district has the entire week off, plus the 17th.

President's weekend is the 14,15,16 and President's day is the 17th.
Ok, thanks. I guess not many people get both President's days anymore.
Re: Winter weather advisory
February 09, 2014 09:48AM
Depends on what kind of work you do. Anything that services the pubic, like stores, restaurants, hospitals will be opened.
avatar Re: Winter weather advisory
February 09, 2014 09:30AM
Man, I kinda wish my trip was this weekend and not last weekend. We only saw flurries at Curry last weekend. Must be magical in the Valley during a heavy snow...
Re: Winter weather advisory
February 09, 2014 09:51AM
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Paris92
Man, I kinda wish my trip was this weekend and not last weekend. We only saw flurries at Curry last weekend. Must be magical in the Valley during a heavy snow...

We have been there several times before, during and after a big snow storm has hit the Valley and it is incredible.
avatar Re: Winter weather advisory
February 09, 2014 01:10PM
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Paris92

Man, I kinda wish my trip was this weekend and not last weekend. We only saw flurries at Curry last weekend. Must be magical in the Valley during a heavy snow...


Don't worry, you didn't miss much. These storms are from Hawaii. I've haven't noticed in any snow accumulating on Yosemite Valley's floor from this current set of storms:

Saturday morning (2/8/14) at 10:00 AM:


and Sunday morning (today, 2/9/14) at 10:00 AM:
avatar Re: Winter weather advisory
February 09, 2014 10:01PM
The snow level was way high for this system of storms.

I looked through the Caltrans web cams along 80 and 50 up around Tahoe on Sat night and it was raining on all but a few at the very top of Donner and oddly enough at lake level at north shore Tahoe. I think that Sunday the snow level went even higher.

Sacto / Tahoe CalTrans webcams



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/09/2014 10:07PM by qumqats.
avatar Re: Winter weather advisory
February 09, 2014 09:12PM
Oh wow. I expected a dumping of snow there. Maybe the Tuolumne Rangers will have more to deal with...
avatar Re: Winter weather advisory
February 10, 2014 12:16AM
No dumping of snow this time around -- it was raining as high as 7,000 today (mixed with wet snow). Pineapple Express is good for a long steady rain, but not so good for pretty snow down low. Overnight lows have been unusually high the last couple of nights, too.



The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
Re: Winter weather advisory
February 10, 2014 12:52PM
Actually snow on the valley floor at 4,000 feet is uncommon. And when it does snow on the valley floor it is rarely ever more than a few inches deep that quickly melts off. One of the issues is the bottom of the valley is less cold than the same elevations in the Sierra elsewhere because there is considerable radiation off the immense granite canyon walls that act as a reservoir of stored heat. I learned that in order for snows to stick, the snow level needs to be down to at least near El Portal at 2500 feet. In any case, every few years we get a particularly cold period midwinter when the whole valley floor has a decent full cover of snow that lasts a week or so. Driving around the loop road gets interesting. Storm on this link put 18 inches in the valley:

http://www.davidsenesac.com/images/print_06-E-9.html



http://www.davidsenesac.com



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/2014 12:54PM by DavidSenesac.
avatar Re: Winter weather advisory
February 10, 2014 01:07PM
That's only a recent phenomenon, due to, yes, global warming.

For the first 75 years of the park's existence, the winters were notably colder and the valley's floor was covered in snow for long stretches of time.

In the last 25 years, this has occurred with a lot less frequency. Note in the early years, cross-country skiing on the valley's floor was a popular pastime during Yosemite's winter months as were sleigh rides.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/2014 01:42PM by plawrence.
avatar Re: Winter weather advisory
February 10, 2014 04:54PM
The 22 February storm of 2009 left a huge amount of snow on the Valley floor (skiing was great that trip, too). The one picture that I took (and over-posted) had good coverage on Half Dome, too. I am sure that Chick-on has a repository of Valley floor snow pictures to share.






The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.
avatar Re: Winter weather advisory
February 10, 2014 09:25PM
We've been lucky the last few or so years... and have hit some major snowstorms...

Dec 2012:
https://picasaweb.google.com/103089501068510688008/Nevada

Mar 2012:
https://picasaweb.google.com/103089501068510688008/ValleyMar1719_12

Mar 2011:
https://picasaweb.google.com/103089501068510688008/ValleyMar1921

Sorry if you've seen them b4.



Chick-on is looking at you!
avatar Re: Winter weather advisory
February 10, 2014 09:31PM
Tank ewe!

"Yosemite in Winter" desserves a thread all to itself.

I was going to post some of Chickie's pix, but they were all too good to leave any out. I highly suggest viewing the links.



The body betrays and the weather conspires, hopefully, not on the same day.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 02/10/2014 09:34PM by Bee.
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