Areas Affected: Motherlode; Northeast Foothills/Sacramento Valley
Two cold storms are forecast to bring significant snowfall to the northern California mountains and higher foothills over the weekend, bringing periods of dangerous winter driving conditions.
The first will bring light mountain snow as early as tonight and Friday. Moderate snowfall is expected Friday night through early Saturday. A second and stronger storm will bring heavy snowfall Saturday afternoon through Sunday night. Travel during that time period is not recommended, with likely chain controls, long delays, and possible road closures. Windy conditions will combine with heavy snow to bring white-out conditions at times.
These cold systems will bring low snow levels with many foothill locations seeing snowfall again throughout the weekend.
Significant snowfall is expected above 2500 feet, with light accumulations down to 1000 feet. Downed trees and power outages are possible. Lingering showers will continue into Monday morning over the Sierra Cascade range. If you must travel into the mountains of northern California over the weekend, prepare for winter travel conditions, have a winter safety kit and check the latest road and weather reports before departure.
* WHAT…Heavy snow expected. Travel will be very difficult to impossible. Trees and tree branches could fall, blocking roads and causing power outages. Total snow accumulations of 8 to 16 inches, with localized amounts 2 to 3 feet, are expected.
* WHERE… Northeast Foothills/Sacramento Valley and Motherlode.
* WHEN… 4 PM Friday to 4 AM Monday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS… Be prepared for white-out conditions at times.
A Winter Storm Warning for snow means there will be snow covered roads and limited visibilities. Travel is not recommended while the warning is in effect. If you must travel, keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.