Will the ‘Big One’ live up to the hype? | SierraSun.com

Will the ‘Big One’ live up to the hype?

At this point, residents of the Sierra are aware ” no, that’s too tame a word. Hmmm, how about giddy, joyous, elated, salivating over the prospect of the storms heading our way this weekend.

The weather geeks here at the Sierra Sun noticed mid-week last week that the folks at the National Weather Service in Reno had slipped into their forecast discussion something seemingly premature, and therefore quite astonishing, for weather prognosticators ” the prospect of 5 to 10 feet of snow.

And that was more than a week before the coming “Big One” was even close. (Heck, the Big One hasn’t even let loose a single snowflake and, following the Weather Service’s lead, we’re just going to capitalize it now.)

To compare this Big One, the Weather Service crew soon thereafter posted the last documented Big Ones that dumped feet and feet of snow on the Sierra in the past several decades.

Well, if you don’t quite think they’re trying to tell us something, here’s the latest hint on Tuesday from the usually reserved, understated government-worker types ” “life threatening.” Whoa!

“Significant snow accumulations and strong winds will create dangerous and possibly life threatening winter driving conditions Friday through Saturday morning.”


If the National Weather Service is going to use that kind of language, we’re going to spell it out in upper-case type. Which means we’re about to get a whopping.

Salivating yet?

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