WINTER STORM WATCH ISSUED OCTOBER 03 AT 4:34PM PDT EXPIRING OCTOBER 04 AT 12:45AM PDT BY NWS HANFORD.

VERY EARLY WINTER STORM TO AFFECT THE SOUTHERN SIERRA NEVADA TUESDAY NIGHT THROUGH WEDNESDAY NIGHT... .A STRONG STORM DROPPING OUT OF THE GULF OF ALASKA WILL BRING UNSEASONABLY COLD WEATHER TO THE CENTRAL CALIFORNIA INTERIOR. TOTAL SNOW ACCUMULATIONS COULD BE AS HIGH AS 18 INCHES OVER THE HIGH COUNTRY...AND 6 TO 12 INCHES DOWN TO THE 7000 FOOT LEVEL. THE STORM IS FORECAST TO MOVE EAST OF THE REGION BY LATE WEDNESDAY...HOWEVER SNOW SHOWERS COULD LINGER INTO THURSDAY. ...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.

* SNOW LEVEL: ABOVE 8000 FEET ELEVATION TUESDAY NIGHT LOWERING TO 5500 TO 6000 FEET LATE WEDNESDAY.

* 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.

Target Area: Sierra Nevada from Yosemite to Kings Canyon

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