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Major Storm to Produce Blizzard Conditions from California to Northern Plains


Businesses in California to the northern Plains should prepare for business disruptions from a multihazard snowstorm that will produce several feet of snow in some areas.

Key Highlights

Threats: Heavy snowfall, Rain, Gusty Winds, Wind Damage, Travel Disruptions

States affected: CA, NV, UT, MT, ID, OR, NE, ND, SD, WY, IA, IL

When: Tuesday, November 8 - Friday, November 11


AccuWeather's expert meteorologists, using AccuWeather's Superior Accuracy, correctly predicted heavy snowfall in Oregon and Washington over the past few days and are now tracking a significant snowstorm that will impact businesses from California to the northern Plains this week. Heavy snowfall is expected in the northern Sierra Nevada, with conditions rapidly deteriorating in Donner Pass; the area will see several feet of snow nearly reaching AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 65 inches in the highest elevations. These snow amounts will cause significant travel disruptions; in some areas, travel may be impossible.

page-10-1Rain will be the more significant issue as flooding rain will continue to fall in the foothills of the Sierra. Rain will stretch as far south as Southern California through Wednesday, where it is needed due to the drought. Rainfall in the area will reach AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 8 inches. 

page-4-Nov-08-2022-09-50-39-5272-AMThe wind will also become a significant concern as the storm moves eastward across the Rockies. Some interstates could have travel disruptions due to the strong winds. High-profile vehicles should use extra caution when driving in these conditions.

page-5-Nov-08-2022-09-50-56-9117-AMThe storm will move to the northern Plains Wednesday evening, where areas from Northeastern Wyoming to the Dakotas could see up to 18 inches of snow. These areas are forecast with an AccuWeather Local StormMax™ of 36 inches. Some locations could see blizzard conditions which will add to travel disruptions. 

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Businesses in these areas should keep an eye on the storm and should: 

  • Be prepared for business interruptions due to extended power outages. 
  • Expect ground logistics disruption from drifting snow, downed trees, and power outages due to road closures.
  • Prioritize cold weather concerns for outdoor workers.

Protect your business and team members by making the best weather-impacted decisions with AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service, backed by forecasts and warnings with Superior Accuracy™. AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service offers location-specific forecasts and 24x7x365 consulting services for snow, ice, blizzards, and other winter-hazard events. Whether five days or four hours of advance notice is desired, alert timing is completely customizable to you.

AccuWeather's Snow Warning Service features include:

  • Precise weather event start and end times
  • Total expected snow and ice accumulations
  • Specific changeover times for snow, ice, and rain
  • Hourly temperatures and wind conditions before, during, and after the storm
  • Post-storm weather conditions, including verified precipitation amounts

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