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  • John
    SNOW LEVELS SHOULD FALL TO AROUND 6000 FEET OR SO THUS WITH QPF EXPECTED IN THE 1-2 INCH RANGE IN THE SIERRA 1-2 FEET OF SNOW IS NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION. FROM
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 2, 2011
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      SNOW LEVELS SHOULD FALL TO AROUND 6000
      FEET OR SO THUS WITH QPF EXPECTED IN THE 1-2 INCH RANGE IN THE
      SIERRA 1-2 FEET OF SNOW IS NOT OUT OF THE QUESTION. FROM WEDNESDAY
      THROUGH EARLY THURSDAY.

      JD
      Walk the Sky: Following the John Muir Trail
      www.johndittli.com
    • John Ladd
      When the NWS issues its formal weather warnings and watches, they can be found at this link http://www.wunderground.com/US/CA/096.html The link will be dead
      Message 2 of 2 , Oct 3, 2011
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        When the NWS issues its formal weather warnings and watches, they can be found at this link

        http://www.wunderground.com/US/CA/096.html

        The link will be dead when there is no warnings or watches for the area:

        I don't think we have any members on trial right now, which sounds like a good thing.  Sounds survivable with adequate gear and skills, but certainly challenging.  Sounds like there will be whiteout conditions at times.  18 inches of fresh snow can certainly lead to navigational issues and I suspect stream crossings will be a challenge as it melts.

        ========= Today's NWS watch =====================

        Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon

        Winter Storm Watch
        Statement as of 5:10 AM PDT on October 03, 2011
        ... Winter Storm Watch remains in effect from late Tuesday night
        through Wednesday evening above 7000 feet...

        A Winter Storm Watch above 7000 feet remains in effect from late
        Tuesday night through Wednesday evening for the southern Sierra
        Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon.

        * Snow accumulations: 6 to 12 inches above 7000 feet... and 12
        to 18 inches in the high country.

        * Elevation: above 7000 feet.

        * Timing: snow will begin falling Tuesday night and continue
        through Wednesday evening. The heaviest snow will fall
        during the day Wednesday.

        * Locations include: Huntington Lake... Tuolumne Meadows... Tioga
        Pass... Florence Lake... Edison lake

        * winds: west winds over the high country will gust to 50 mph.

        * Impacts: west winds gusting to 50 mph over the high country
        will cause blowing and drifting of snow and possible white
        out conditions. Snow accumulations may cause closures of
        mountain roads.

        Precautionary/preparedness actions...

        A Winter Storm Watch means there is a potential for significant
        snow and strong winds that may impact travel. Hikers... campers... and
        all outdoor enthusiasts should prepare for dangerous winter storm
        conditions. Continue to monitor the latest forecasts.
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