275  
FXUS01 KWBC 162014  
PMDSPD  
 
SHORT RANGE FORECAST DISCUSSION  
NWS WEATHER PREDICTION CENTER COLLEGE PARK MD  
309 PM EST WED JAN 16 2019  
 
VALID 00Z THU JAN 17 2019 - 00Z SAT JAN 19 2019  
   
..MAJOR WINTER STORM FOR CALIFORNIA WEDNESDAY AND THURSDAY
 
 
...COLD ACROSS THE NORTHERN TIER OF THE NATION WITH A WINTER STORM  
DEVELOPING LATER THIS WEEK AND INTO THE WEEKEND...  
 
AS A LARGE SYSTEM APPROACHES CALIFORNIA AND MOVES INLAND, A MAJOR  
WINTER STORM WILL DEVELOP ESPECIALLY ACROSS THE SIERRA NEVADA.  
BLIZZARD CONDITIONS WILL BE POSSIBLE ESPECIALLY OVER 6500 FEET  
WITH 2 TO 4 FEET, WITH 6 FEET OF SNOW EXPECTED IN THE PEAKS, OF  
SNOW EXPECTED IN THIS MOUNTAIN RANGE. BLIZZARD WARNINGS HAVE BEEN  
ISSUED AND WILL BE IN EFFECT THROUGH THURSDAY AFTERNOON--WITH  
WINTER STORM WARNINGS FOR AREAS ABOVE 5500 FEET BEING IN EFFECT  
THROUGH FRIDAY MORNING. IN ADDITION TO THE HEAVY SNOW, HEAVY RAIN  
WILL ALSO IMPACT ALONG THE COAST OF CALIFORNIA. MOST OF THIS  
RAINFALL WILL OCCUR THROUGH TOMORROW EVENING. A MODERATE RISK OF  
RAINFALL HAS BEEN ISSUED FOR A SMALL AREA IN SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA  
PARTICULARLY WHERE THE BURN SCARS ARE IN THE LOS ANGELES REGION.  
PRECIPITATION WILL BEGIN TO WIND DOWN BY THURSDAY NIGHT AND INTO  
FRIDAY MORNING AS THE FRONTAL SYSTEM PROGRESSES FARTHER INLAND.  
 
UNSETTLED WEATHER MAY BRING A POSSIBLE WINTER STORM TRACKING FROM  
THE MIDWEST TO THE NORTHEAST FRIDAY THROUGH SUNDAY. IN THE  
STORMS WAKE, BITTER COLD TEMPERATURES WILL OVERTAKE A LARGE  
PART OF THE CENTRAL AND EASTERN U.S. IN FACT, THE NORTHERN PLAINS  
WILL HAVE HIGH TEMPERATURES STAYING BELOW ZERO ON FRIDAY--WHICH IS  
NEARLY 25 DEGREES BELOW NORMAL! FREEZING RAIN, HEAVY SNOW, ALONG  
WITH HEAVY RAIN IS EXPECTED ALONG ITS PATH THROUGH THE CENTRAL AND  
EASTERN U.S. OVER THE WEEKEND. HEAVY SNOW WILL BEGIN BY FRIDAY  
EVENING IN THE CENTRAL PLAINS AND PROGRESS EASTWARD BY THE  
WEEKEND. SEE WPC'S WINTER WEATHER PRODUCTS AND DISCUSSION FOR MORE  
INFORMATION ON THIS SYSTEM.  
 
REINHART/HAMRICK  
 
GRAPHICS AVAILABLE AT  
WWW.WPC.NCEP.NOAA.GOV/BASICWX/BASICWX_NDFD.PHP  
 

 
 
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