A frosty storm will start to pass through the Sierra Nevada forest from Yosemite to Kings Canyon Tuesday afternoon, with snowfall possible in Oakhurst as low as 2,000 feet elevation, according to the National Weather Service in Hanford’s latest forecast.
A Winter Weather Advisory has been issued by the NWS, starting from 4 p.m. Tuesday through 4 p.m. Wednesday, with weather to clear up by Thursday in time for Thanksgiving.
NWS officials said hazards could exist on roadways, with winds as high as 25-55 mph alongside patches of black ice and accumulating snowfall.
“Be prepared for snow and ice covered roads and use caution while driving over potentially hazardous roadways,” NWS staff said.
The storm, coming down the West Coast from the Gulf of Alaska, will bring colder temperatures, forecasters said, with most of its effects felt in Yosemite National Park. Snowfall in Oakhurst and other Mountain Area locations is predicted on Wednesday.
Temperatures in Oakhurst and surrounding areas are predicted to reach into the low 30s or high 20s during overnight hours, and into the high 40s during afternoon periods throughout the storm.
As much as five to 11 inches of snow are expected from the freezing gales.
Radar of the storm is available by clicking this link.
In the Valley, including areas like Yosemite Lakes Park around 1,200 feet elevation, anywhere from 0.15 to 0.25 inches from rain is predicted.