Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon Severe Watches & Warnings NOAA Weather Radio

Winter Storm Watch
Statement as of 3:46 AM PDT on October 30, 2014

...Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon...

The National Weather Service in Hanford has issued a Winter Storm Watch for heavy snow and strong winds...which is in effect from Friday afternoon through Saturday afternoon for the southern Sierra Nevada above 6000 feet from Yosemite to Kings Canyon.

* Snow and elevation...2 to 4 inches above 5500 feet by Saturday morning with 5 to 10 inches above 7000 feet Friday night.

* Winds...west 20 to 30 mph with gusts to 60 mph.

* Locations include...Yosemite National Park...including Tuolumne Meadows...Tioga Pass...Wawona...and the South Entrance as well as Kings Canyon National Park and Huntington Lake.

* Timing...snow will begin Friday afternoon and continue overnight before tapering off Saturday afternoon. The heaviest accumulations will occur Friday evening through early Saturday morning.

* Impacts...this is the first significant snow expected for the season. Anyone with outdoor plans should take caution...and travel may be difficult due to snow covered roads. Also carry a winter survival kit. Further statements including advisories... watches and warnings may be necessary.

Precautionary/preparedness actions...

A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant snow that may impact travel. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.