Blizzard warning in effect for Sierra Nevada mountains with heavy snow expected

Meteorologists are expecting up to eight feet of snow to hit the mountains over the weekend.

The National Weather Service Hanford issued a blizzard warning for the Sierra Nevada Mountains on Thursday. 

The warning runs from 4 p.m. Thursday to 10 am on Sunday. 


The big picture: Snowfall could reach from four to eight feet above 6,000 feet in the mountains, with wind gusts as high as 65 miles per hour. 

  • The National Weather Service Hanford expects blowing snow to cause whiteout conditions at times. 
  • People are advised to restrict travel to emergencies only. If anyone does travel, they are advised to carry a winter survival kit and to stay with their vehicles if they get stranded. 

Snow forecasts: The snow level is expected to drop to around 2,500 feet by Saturday evening. 

  • Shaver Lake is expected to get four to five feet of snow, while Huntington Lake will see six to eight feet. 
  • Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks will also be hit hard, with four to five feet of snow expected at Grant Grove Village. 
  • While Coarsegold and Oakhurst will only see a maximum of one inch of snow, further up Highway 41 at the Yosemite Entrance will see six to eight feet of snow. 
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