[National Weather Service Sacramento CA]
Multiple Winter Storms to Impact Holiday Weekend.
A series of winter storms will bring multiple rounds of mountain snow and gusty winds tonight through Sunday. Snow showers will spread over northern California tonight and Wednesday with heavier snow expected Wednesday night and continuing into the weekend.
Major travel delays and difficult travel conditions are anticipated later this week. Gusty winds will further reduce visibilities during this event with local whiteout conditions possible. Holiday travelers should prepare for winter driving conditions by packing chains, warm winter clothes, and extra food and water.
* WHAT…Wet snow tonight through Wednesday with 2 to 4 inches accumulation above 5000 feet, and localized amounts up to a foot over higher elevations. Very heavy snow Thursday through Sunday with total accumulations from 3 to 5 feet with localized amounts up to 12 feet over higher terrain. Travel will be very difficult to impossible over the Holiday weekend due to heavy snow and lowering snow levels into the foothills this weekend.
* WHERE…West Slope Northern Sierra Nevada. +
* WHEN…For the Winter Storm Warning, 4 PM Wednesday to 4 PM Sunday. For the Winter Weather Advisory, 10 PM today to 4 PM Wednesday.
* ADDITIONAL DETAILS…Downed trees and power outages are possible from damaging wind gusts of 50 to 80 mph, especially over the higher terrain.
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.
A Winter Weather Advisory for wet snow means periods of wet snow will cause primarily travel difficulties. Be prepared for snow covered roads and limited visibilities, and use caution while driving. The latest road conditions for the state you are calling from can be obtained by calling 5 1 1.