A major storm currently hitting the Pacific Coast, and particularly California, has been rated one of the five biggest of the past decade by local weather agencies.
The reason it is being given such a high weather danger warning is only partly due to the huge snowfalls it’s bringing with it It is also bringing winds of up to 110 miles per hour and people were advised not to go outdoors overnight.
“There is a rare “Blizzard Warning” in effect from 10PM tonight through 7AM tomorrow. Avoid travel at that time as it will become extremely dangerous,” a statement from Mammoth Mountain advises, continuing, “The good news? Heavy snowfall is expected and it’s looking like an incredible bluebird holiday weekend ahead.”
Snow accumulations measured for the first 24 hours of the storm to Wednesday were topped by Squaw Valley (pictured yesterday) with 74cm (almost 30 inches or 2.5 feet). Tahoe Donner reported 66cm (26 inches) of snowfall in the same period.
Most other areas in the region reported 20-50cm of snow, with ski areas in Arizona, Colorado, Utah and also reporting sizable
More big numbers are expected later today when the ski areas begin their Thursday.