Another Major Winter Storm Set to Slam Northern California this Week

Photo: National Park Service

On Thanksgiving, Northern California was given our first storm of the winter, bringing nearly three feet of snow to the mountains and some welcomed rain in the valley. That trend will continue this week with another storm descending on NorCal. Up to three feet of snow is forecasted for the mountain areas.

The precipitous NorCal weather actually consists of two storms. The first storm will be a quick dusting starting on Tuesday afternoon, with the possibility of snow hitting just above 7,000 feet. Then on Wednesday comes the bigger storm, with up to two feet of snow forecasted above 4,000 feet through Saturday.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for the area:

Of course, this storm will also bring a lot of rain to the valley, with up to five inches of rain forecasted for some areas for the week:

This storm comes on the tail of last week’s storm that brought NorCal into winter with one single blow. That storm filled the mountains with snow, brought some much needed water to the basin and singlehandedly opened NorCal ski resorts.

On top of the large amounts of snow that fell on the Tahoe, Lassen and Mammoth areas, Mount Shasta saw one of the most beautiful storms we’ve seen in a while, with a flurry of dancing lenticular clouds surrounding the mountain:

Photo by Dave Armstrong

Following the dry summer and fall months, Northern California is finally getting a healthy dose of precipitation, which could help the area with water storage, mountain snowpack, and most importantly, help eliminate the dangers of another devastating fire season. In other words, LET IT SNOW!

Here are the NorCal forecasts for the week:

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