Storm Watch, 11/19/10

4 pm – .25 inches of rain, thus far, and currently 40 degrees. Getting into the silk long johns tonight. Also, NOAA issued this advisory today: ” SNOW LEVELS WILL DROP THROUGH THE EVENT AND COULD BE DOWN TO 2500 FEET SUNDAY MORNING. MANY OF THE PEAKS OVER 3000 FEET WILL LIKELY RECEIVE SOME SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION DURING THE WEEKEND MAKING TRAVEL POTENTIALLY DIFFICULT.” Well, I am stocked – dog food, wine, books, and movies, oh, and food – and hunkered down, so won’t be trying to get out, absent an emergency.

Woke to drizzle this morning, but less than .10, so not yet counting. From NOAA yesterday:
“WITH SNOW LEVELS FORECAST TO BE UNDER 3000 FEET SATURDAY NIGHT…WINDY CONDITIONS…AND ENOUGH QPF (OVER 1″ FOR HIGHER ELEVATIONS WITH UP TO 1/2″ FOR CITIES) TO BRING MULTIPLE INCHES OF SNOW…TRAVEL COULD BECOME VERY TRICKY.”
Today’s predictions:
“ALONG WITH THE RAIN…SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORM POTENTIAL THE COLD AIR WILL DROP SNOW LEVELS TO AROUND 2500-3000 FEET. SNOW ACCUMULATION OF OVER AN INCH IS POSSIBLE OVER THE HIGHER ELEVATIONS. THE GREATEST SNOW FALL IS EXPECTED IN THE SANTA LUCIAS WITH 24 HOUR SNOW FALL OF AROUND 4.0 INCHES EXPECTED SATURDAY AND AN ADDITIONAL 3.0 INCHES POSSIBLE SUNDAY.”

NOAA issued no advisories, as it believes the warm temperatures of the ground will keep the accumulations down, but personally, I am preparing to be snowed in by Sunday. Photos a definite possibility, as well as reports, of course.

BTW, it is quite cold this morning, and if expected to be colder, this could get very interesting! Never had snow this early, and rarely get that much! Stay tuned!