Avalanche Warning in Sierra Nevada as Storm Impacts Northern California

The Sierra Avalanche Center in Truckee, California, issued a Backcountry Avalanche Warning for the Central Sierra Nevada Mountains on Thursday, January 5, with the highest danger expected the following morning.

The National Weather Service (NWS) urged drivers to stay off the roads as periods of heavy snow, strong winds, and whiteout conditions were expected.

Footage by Marcus Morgan shows ski chairlifts swaying in blowing snow at the Palisades Tahoe ski resort. “Hopefully this helps explain why the upper mountain lifts at Palisades are on wind hold right now,” the resort said on Wednesday.

A winter storm warning with possible “snow accumulations of 5 to 10 inches and winds gusting as high as 100 mph along Sierra ridges” was to remain in effect until Friday, the NWS said.

Gov Gavin Newsom declared a state of emergency in response to the severe weather. Credit: Marcus Morgan via Storyful

Video transcript