California Weather

Winter Snow in Sierra Nevada Mountains

Winter Snow in Sierra Nevada Mountains

California Road & Weather Links

California Climate Data 

historical averages, temps, snow & rainfall (up to 2005)

Drought Map for California

Snow Roads

California Roads Conditions

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ROAD CONDITIONS

Mountain Passes / Annual Sierra Highway Closures
LOCAL WEATHER REPORTS

Where is Snow in California?
a list of snowy destinations

Okay, okay ….so it’s nothing like East Coast Winters, but hey, some parts of California do get some serious snow. And the newbies who don’t prepare for it will be sorry. On the winter vacation travels be prepared for almost anything, especially in snowy Sierra’s & Northern California.

California Winters:
When does winter actually ‘set in’ for California?

  • eastern sierra: OCT- MAY
  • western sierra: NOV- APR
  • high sierra: SEPT- MAY
  • north coast: OCT- MAY
  • north cal: OCT- APR

Road ClosedTiming Planning Your Trip

Driving California Traffic

Always Bring Tire Chains

The following mountain roads are partially closed or totally closed during winter months. Always check road conditions before you leave for your trip. Snow Chains may be required!

Hwy or Road County / Area Connecting Towns
Sherman’s Pass #22S05 Kern Co. / Southern Sierra KernvilleKennedy Mdws
Highway 155 Kern Co. / Southern Sierra Alta SierraWofford Heights
Western Divide Hwy 190 Tulare Co. / Southern Sierra KernvillePonderosa
Mineral King Road (M 375) Tulare Co. / Sequoia NP Three Rivers – Mineral King
Highway 180 Tulare Co. / Kings Cyn. NP Hume Lake – Cedar Grove
Whitney Portal Rd. Inyo Co. / Eastern Sierra Lone Pine – Mt. Whitney
Onion Valley Rd. Inyo Co. / Eastern Sierra Independence – Onion Valley
Glacier Lodge Rd. Inyo Co. / Eastern Sierra Big Pine – Glacier Lodge
Lake Rd. off Hwy 168 Inyo Co. / Eastern Sierra – Bishop Highway 168 – South Lake
Hwy 120 Mariposa Co. / Yosemite NP Yosemite ValleyLee Vining
Highway 120 Mono Co. / Mono Lake Tioga Pass- Benton Hot Springs
Highway 108 Mono Co. / Sonora Pass DardanelleSonora Jct. Hwy.395
Highway 89 Alpine Co. / Eastern Sierra MarkleevilleLake Topaz, Hwy 395
Highway 4 Alpine Co. / Sierra – So. Tahoe Lake Alpine – Highway 89
Quincy LaPorte Road [120] Plumas Co. / Sierra Nevada QuincyLa Porte
Oroville Quincy Hwy [119] Plumas Co. / Sierra Nevada Berry CreekBucks LakeQuincy
Highway 36 Tehama Co. / Lassen NP Red BluffSusanville
Highway 44 Shasta Co. / Lassen NP ReddingSusanville
Highway 299 Shasta County / Burney ReddingAlturas

this list above will be continue to be updated this winter, on a 56k dial connection. yep, crazy huh?